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The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer ExhibitionHeld every year since 1769, the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is the world's longest running annual display of contemporary art. Staged to coincide with the 250th Summer Exhibition, The Great Spectacle tells the story of the annual show by featuring highlights from the past 250 years, on display in the RA's The John Madejski Fine Rooms. The exhibition includes works by the Royal Academy's first president, Joshua Reynolds, rival Thomas Gainsborough and fellow artist John Constable. Everyone from J.M.W. Turner to John Singer Sargent, Peter Blake to Zaha Hadid is included in the review.

 

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DATES  29th September to 10th December 2018
VENUE  Royal Academy of Arts 
Exploring themes of voyaging, place-making and encounter, Oceania marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts, founded in 1768,the same year Captain James Cook set sail on his first expedition from Plymouth on the Endeavour. The first major survey of Oceanic art to be held in the United Kingdom, this ambitious exhibition celebrates the... More about this event
 
Klimt / SchieleKlimt / SchieleKlimt / SchieleSee some of the 20th century's most important works on paper by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele in The Sackler Wing of Galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts. Klimt's sketches for his seminal Beethoven Frieze, and unflinching self-portraits by Schiele - which due to their delicacy will not see the light of day again for many years - are included in t2018-12-10T00:00:00+00002019-02-03T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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