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Royal Academy of Arts
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Owner description: Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain, whose exhibitions attract over a million people each year.
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“wonderful exhibition”
Reviewed March 14, 2014

We went to the Sensing Space exhibition - it was fantastic. All the architects work was interesting but especially the Japanese one and the one of light and shade. Could have stayed all day!

Visited March 2014
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Portsmouth, England
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“Sensing Spaces: Exhibition - 4 Stars, Admission Fee - 2 Stars”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

On our regular trips to London we usually find our way back to the Royal Academy at least once a year. As lovers of all things architectural we included this exhibition on our to do list. The exhibition itself was very interesting showing diverse interpretations from practices around the world. Each room was beautifully laid out as you would expect from any Royal Academy exhibition.

Sadly, I must comment on the admission fee of £14 (which I do not usually question because the desire to see the exhibition normally outweighs any lingering doubts). What astounded me was the note on the ticket saying 'includes £2.50 for exhibition brochure' which was a very small pamphlet.

Sorry, felt a little cheated on this occasion as the exhibition itself was really very good.

Visited March 2014
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York
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“Sensing space review”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

The royal academy is a wonderful building near to picadilly.the institute hosts many exhibitions and is pretty good at doing so.Sensing space was an interesting exhibition,bit a little disappointing.The architects were excellent,but I was surprised that apart from the statements,and quotes,tans obviously the exhibited,there was little information as to the development and structure.It was a little reminiscent of being told in a mathematics paper to show the workings,not just the result, and in my opinion this what was lacking in the exhibition pieces.The question had been asked and there was an answer,but I didn't know how they got there.Maybe I'm just a little in perceptive,disappointing

Visited March 2014
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“London Favorite”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

I always like to stop in and as I usually stay in Mayfair it is easy to get to and in the heart of the shopping district. This is a beautiful building with a yearly special exhibit (Prince Charles has had watercolors exhibited) and during the year has shows that are always interesting. There is a café on the first floor. It is quiet and well done, a great way to spend a few hours.

Visited February 2014
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Whitley Bay, England
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“Spatially sensitive”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

The range, subtlety and sophistication of the installations was both surprising and rewarding. Arriving early allowed some quiet enjoyment of each space before significant numbers of families occupied the galleries. Watching how young children reacted and engaged with the more interactive installations demonstrated different aspects of the works. The film, with explanations by each architect, is the last space before the shop exit. It could be argued that this would be better at the beginning, but that may prejudice people's personal interpretation. The statement by one of the architects, that he couldn't design buildings without the benefit of installations, is a little precious and an unnecessary "justification" for such excellent and provocative works.
By far the most popular and populist installation involved manipulating brightly coloured straws around an enclosed passage. Others are more structured or appealing to other senses. It would be interesting to understand how the architects were selected and what budgets they were given.

Visited March 2014
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