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The Royal Academy of Arts presents a landmark exhibition of the Honorary Royal Academician

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 21 settembre 2015

ai weiweiLondon Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House Piccadilly Hours: 10am–6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm) Late night opening: Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm)  £ 17.60 full price. The Royal Academy of Arts presents a landmark exhibition of the Honorary Royal Academician, Ai Weiwei curated by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director and Adrian Locke, Senior Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts. Although Ai is one of China’s leading contemporary artists, his work has not been seen extensively in Britain and the Royal Academy present s the first major institutional survey of his artistic output. The exhibition includes significant works from 1993 onwards, the date that marks Ai Weiwei’s return to China following more than a decade living in New York. Ai Weiwei has create d new, site – specific installations and interventions throughout the Royal Academy’s spaces.
On his return to China in 1993, Ai began to work in a direction that was bot h embedded in Chinese culture and reflected the exposure he had had to Western art during his twelve year sojourn in the US. Citing Duchamp as “the most, if not the only, influential figure” in his art practice, Ai continues to engage with creative tensions between complex art histories, conceiving works with multiple readings in the process. To this end he employs traditional materials and interventions with historic objects throughout his work from Neolithic vases (5000 – 3000 BCE) to Qing dynasty (1644 – 191 1) architectural components and furniture. By creating new objects from old, Ai challenges conventions of value and authenticity in modern – day China. These artworks include Table and Pillar, 2002, from his Furniture series, and Coloured Vases, 2015.
Ai works in a variety of different contexts, scales and media. He transforms materials to convey his ideas, whether in wood, porcelain, marble or jade, testing the skills of the craftsmen working to his brief in the process. Some pieces take months to crea te and pass through lengthy periods of experimentation, pushing the boundaries of the formal qualities of a material. Sculptures such as Surveillance Camera, 2010 and Video Camera, 2010, both masterpieces in craftsmanship, monumentalise the technology used to monitor, simultaneously rendering it useless and absurd. A new artwork, Remains, 2015, is also included in the exhibition. Fabricated in porcelain, the work replicates in meticulous detail a group of bones that were recently excavated at a site of a la bour camp that operated under Chairman Mao in the 1950s.One of the key installations within the exhibition is Straight, 2008 – 12, part of the body of work related to the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. Fabricated from ninety tonnes of bent and twisted rebar (the steel rods used in the construction of reinforced concrete buildings), collected by the artist and straightened by hand, it is a sober monument to the victims of the earthquake. The subject of destruction, whether by demoliti on or as a consequence of natural disasters is one of a number of recurring themes and motifs that Ai returns to within his body of work.
Ai has created site specific sculptural installations for the Royal Academy’s spaces, including his monumental Tree displayed in the Annenberg Courtyard, consisting of eight individual trees, each measuring around seven metres tall. It is the largest installation of this work to date and t o enable the work to be displayed, the Royal Academy launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, where £123,577 was raised ; the l argest amount ever raised for a European art project on Kickstarter. Ai has also created a new work for the Wohl Central Hall, featuring a chandelier made of Forever bicycles, a recurring subject in h is work. Ai first began working with chandeliers in 2002 and this is the first time Ai has combined the two ideas, creating a chandelier from bicycles.
Ai Weiwei said: “I’m honored to have the chance to exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts. Tim Marlow and the rest of the exhibition team have a history of producing outstanding exhibitions. I’m very happy to be a part of it. This exhibition is my first major survey in London, a city I greatly admire. The selected artworks reflect my practice in recent years, and also include new works made specifically for this show.”
Tim Marlow, Artistic Director and co-curator of the exhibition, said: “Ai Weiwei is one of the most important artists in the world today but his work has not been seen anywhere near as much as it should have been in the UK. This exhibition will begin to redress that balance and give an extensive new audience the chance to experience a creative phenomenon that is at once radical, political, architectural, historical, poetic, materially invent ive and transformative … even before they’ve walked through the Main Galleries.”
Adrian Locke, co – curator of the exhibition said: “Ai has greatly enjoyed the installation of his exhibition at the Royal Academy, constantly taking photos, finding time to s ign autographs and take selfies with visitors as well as engaging with the technicians on site. For him, being part of the process has been an emotional one, as it is nearly five years since he was last directly involved with overseeing an exhibition of th is scale and complexity being put together.”
In 2011, Ai was detained for 81 days by the Chinese authorities and his passport confiscated. I n an act of solidarity and support from his fellow artists and architects, Ai was elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Arts in May 2011. This exhibition will follow in the Royal Academy’ s tradition of celebrating its Royal Academicians, continuing the strand of programming that has showcased some of the most significant living artists including Anish Kapoor, David Hockney and Anselm Kiefer.The exhibition has been developed in close collaboration with Ai, who t ook an architectural approach to the layout of the exhibition, within the Royal Academy ’ s spectacular Main Galleries, befitting the monumental character of many of his pieces. The artist virtually navigated the spaces from his studio in Beijing, through video footage of the galleries and architectural plans. The curators also mad e regular visits to his studio. Ai Weiwei regained his passport in J uly 2015 and travell ed to London for the final installation period of the exhibition.Image: Ai Weiwei in his studio in Caochangdi, Beijing, taken in April 2015 (Press information: Johanna Bennett

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The first major exhibition of Allen Jones’ work

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 novembre 2014

Body ArmourLondon Opening: 13 november. Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD 10am – 6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm) Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm) Admission £14 full price; concessions available; children under 16 free; Friends of the RA go free. Group bookings: Groups of 10+ are asked to book in advance.
This autumn the Royal Academy of Arts will present the first major exhibition of Allen Jones’ work in the UK since 1995. As one of the UK’s most influential and celebrated living artists, this will be a long-overdue appraisal of Jones’ comprehensive contribution to British Pop art. Allen Jones RA will span the artist’s entire career from the 1960s to the present. Comprising over 80 works, the exhibition will feature examples of Jones’ paintings and sculpture, including the iconic furniture works from the late 60s, and new works created especially for this exhibition. Rarely-seen drawings will also be displayed to showcase Jones’ exceptional skills as a draughtsman, and the important influence of the medium of drawing on his practice as a whole. Moving away from a traditional chronological approach, the works will be grouped into key sequences, to allow connections and common themes to emerge and to promote a comprehensive understanding of Jones’ wide-ranging artistic practice. Image: Allen Jones RA, Body Armour, 2013

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Royal Academy of ArtsBurlington House

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 26 settembre 2014

Anselm KieferPiccadilly, London W1J 0BD 10am – 6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm) Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm) Admission. In September 2014, the Royal Academy of Arts will present the first major retrospective of Anselm Kiefer’s work to be held in the UK. Considered to be one of the most important artists of his generation, the exhibition will span over forty years from Kiefer’s early career to the present time, bringing together artwork from international private and public collections. The exhibition will be arranged chronologically, presenting the epic scale of his artwork and the breadth of media he has used throughout his career, including painting, sculpture, photography and installation. Kiefer has also created a number of works conceived specifically for the Royal Academy’s Main Galleries, showcasing his continued interest in seeking new challenges and producing ever more ambitious artwork.Kiefer’s fascination with history itself and with the work of past masters permeates his subject matter. From mythology, to the Old and New testaments, Kabbalah, alchemy, philosophy and the poetry of Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann, Kiefer’s work wrestles with the darkness of German history and considers the complex relationship between art and spirituality. His technical use of materials such as clay, ash, earth, lead, fabric and dried flowers amongst others, adds further symbolism and depth to his work.Highlights of the exhibition include photographs and paintings from the controversial Occupations and Heroic Symbols (Heroische Sinnbilder) series of the late 1960s and early 1970s. These images record Kiefer’s re-enactment of the Nazi salute in locations across Europe, made in the belief that one must confront rather than supress the experiences of history. A series of paintings from Kiefer’s Attic series will also be exhibited, including Father, Son and the Holy Ghost (Vater, Sohn, Heiliger Geist), 1973 and Notung, 1973 depicting powerful renderings of wooden interior spaces based on the studio space that Kiefer was occupying in Walldürn-Hornbach in south-west Germany, which he has referred to as “a place to teach myself history.” The exhibition will also feature his monumental architectural paintings, such as To the Unknown Painter (Dem unbekannten Maler), 1983 that reflecton the neo-classicist buildings of Albert Speer, Hitler’s architect, and the role of the artist in considering collective memory.The exhibition will consider the key themes and the diverse, personal iconography that Kiefer has created in his work over the years and will look at the influence of place on his oeuvre. As he said in a recent interview, “Art is an attempt to get to the very centre of truth. It never can, but it can get quite close.”Other paintings on display include Palette on a Rope (Palette am Seil), 1971 that uses the motif of the artist’s palette to represent Kiefer’s engagement with the facets of history, as well as a series of early watercolours including From Oscar Wilde (Von Oskar Wilde),1974 and Winter Landscape (Winterlandschaft), 1970.Anselm Kiefer will also present his celebrated lead books, including the paintings For Paul Celan, Ash Flowers (Für Paul Celan, Aschenblume), 2006 and Black Flakes (Schwarze Flocken), 2006. Kiefer’s new works for the exhibition will incorporate a number of large-scale paintings and sculptures, including a major installation for the Royal Academy’s courtyard.Image: Anselm Kiefer, The Language of the Birds, 2013

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Exhibition Maurice Cockrill

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 settembre 2011

London 10 am – 6 pm daily (last admission 5.30 pm) Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm (last admission 9.30 pm) Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House, Piccadilly Admission: £14 full price; £13 Registered Disabled and 60 + years; £9 NUS / ISIC cardholders; £4 12–18 years and Income Support; £3 8–11 years; 7 and under free Maurice Cockrill RA will showcase five decades of his works on paper. This exhibition will feature a range of imagery from Cockrill’s early figurative to more recent abstract studies. Mostly executed in ink and wash, these drawings illustrate the many different approaches Cockrill has applied to his work throughout his career. Works on Paper from Five Decades will demonstrate how his rigorous practice has resulted in a continually evolving body of work.
Maurice Cockrill was born in 1936 and studied at Wrexham School of Art and the University of Reading. He has taught at the Royal College of Art, Saint Martins College and more recently occupied the position of Keeper at the Royal Academy Schools. Cockrill’s work has been exhibited internationally; recent solo exhibitions include The Adam Gallery, London, Galerie Helmut Pabst, Frankfurt and Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia. His works are held in public and private collections including British Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Kunstmuseum, Dusseldorf and Centro Cultural Arte Contempraneo, Polanco, Mexico. He was elected Royal Academician in 1999 in the category of painter. Image: Maurice Cockrill, ‘Drawing for ‘A Portable Kingdom’’, c. 1996. Ink on paper. 40 x 50 cms. The Artist

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Edgar Degas

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 16 settembre 2011

London Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House, Piccadilly – hours: 10 am – 6 pm daily (last admission 5.30 pm) Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm (last admission 9.30 pm) Admission: £14 full price; £13 Registered Disabled and 60 + years; £9 NUS / ISIC cardholders; £4 12–18 years and Income Support; £3 8–11 years; 7 and under free.
The Royal Academy of Arts presents a landmark exhibition focusing on Edgar Degas’s preoccupation with movement as an artist of the dance. Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement traces the development of the artist’s ballet imagery throughout his career, from the documentary mode of the early 1870s to the sensuous expressiveness of his final years. The exhibition is the first to present Degas’s progressive engagement with the figure in movement in the context of parallel advances in photography and early film; indeed, the artist was keenly aware of these technological developments and often directly involved with them. The exhibition comprises around 85 paintings, sculptures, pastels, drawings, prints and photographs by Degas, as well as photographs by his contemporaries and examples of early film. It brings together selected material from public institutions and private collections in Europe and North America including both celebrated and little-known works by Degas.
Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement explores the fascinating links between Degas’s highly original way of viewing and recording the dance and the inventive experiments being made at the same time in photography by Etienne-Jules Marey and Eadweard Muybridge and in film-making by such pioneers as the Lumière brothers. By presenting the artist in this context, the exhibition demonstrates that Degas was far more than merely the creator of beautiful images of the ballet, but instead a modern, radical artist who thought profoundly about visual problems and was fully attuned to the technological developments of his time.

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Londra Carnaby Street Compie 50 anni

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 12 aprile 2010

Carnaby Street la famosa strada che ha fatto la storia di Londra. Moda, arte, swing, di giovani che per le strade vogliono far conoscere la propria arte i propri lavori.   Il vintage è ancora di moda, gli anni 80 si fondono con gli anni 60 in una atmosfera colorata ed allegra. Il tutto circondato da ristoranti italiani, spagnoli e messicani, per consumare piatti veloci ma gustosi, per poi ributtarsi nel passato, che qui a Londra sembra non essere passato mai. Anzi, tu cammini in Carnaby Street e ti puoi imbattere nella moda antica, ma con qualche ritocco ecco che si sposa bene con la modernità e allora puoi incontrare gente con pantaloni a zampa di elefante, pettinature da figli dei fiori, musica lontana ,colonna Sonora di un tempo che i londinesi non vogliono e non possono dimenticare. Poi ci sono le mostre di arte come la Royal Academy of Arts (www.royalacademy. aperta fino al 18 aprile The Real Van Gogh: oltre 35 lettere originali e 65 dipinti che esprimono temi e atmosfere rintracciabili nella fragile corrispondenza del Maestro olandese. Poi c’e’ Tate Britain fino al 16 maggio la retrospettiva di Chris Ofili: un viaggio coloratissimo attraverso il lavoro dell’artista inglese . Ma la rassegna del momento è tutta concentrata su Carnaby Street: 1960-2010 , allestita al 38 di Carnaby Street e dedicata alla storia della via. E si ricordano e si possono vedere negozi come His Clothes, aperto da John Stephen meta obbligata per i Beatles e i Rolling Stones. Per l’occasione a Giugno è previsto anche un live music ale.Insomma piu’ che descrivere questo evento va vissuto, bisogna andare e respirare l’atmosfera ricca di sapori passati eppure cosi moderni che si fondono in una città come Londra, moderna ma al tempo stesso conservatrice dei tempi che furono. (Scritto da Filippo Baglini italo europeo). (carnaby)

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