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Life in Luxury’s guide to: Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition

Installation view of Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014 c. Benedict Johnson
Installation view of Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014 c. Benedict Johnson

The Royal Academy has held its Summer Exhibition since 1769. Owing to the open nature of the exhibitions, it’s generally regarded as a snapshot of art of the time as well as being a chance to see the avant-garde of the art world. Certainly, the exhibition has a substantial number of new and young artists displaying their work.

In its seminal year, 136 different pieces were on show. These days, the number is closer to 1,000.

The artworks submitted are reviewed by the Royal Academicians who whittle down the entries to the final exhibition. For example, this year, the Black and White room has been curated by English sculptor Cornelia Parker.

There are also a number of talks, lectures and workshops being held to coincide with the exhibition, offering unique perspectives from RAs and other notable artists.

The Summer Exhibition is the perfect excuse to mingle with friends in the serene and beautiful rooms of Burlington House. And as all artworks are available for purchase, the exhibition also presents a great opportunity to snap up unique pieces.

The Summer Exhibition runs until the 17th August 2014. For more information, see www.royalacademy.org.uk

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