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The Royal Academy celebrated 250 years in 2018 (image courtesy of The Royal Academy)

Royal Academy of Arts

Attractive 18th-century building, with RA Collection works in all media. To celebrate its 250th birthday, the Royal Academy has completed a bold redevelopment project, providing space for more free art and educational areas. Previously comprising two separate buildings, Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, both are now joined by a ‘cultural campus’. Sat-Thur 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-10pm; check for regular special events and free lunchtime concerts. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. 

To 12 Aug: Summer Exhibition. See more than 1,200 contemporary artworks, submitted by a vast range of practitioners and narrowed down by a committee, which this year is led by the British painter Jock McFadyen.

From 30 Jun to 29 Sep: Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet. Through portraits, still-lifes, landscapes and satirical prints, this Swiss painter and printmaker captured the emotional landscape of Paris at the start of the 20th century.

From 20 Jul to 27 Oct: Helene Schjerfbeck. Celebrated in her native Finland, this late painter was especially known for tracking the ageing process in her dream-like self-portraits.

6 Burlington Gardens
United Kingdom

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