Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition

Astonishingly, this year’s Summer Exhibition at Piccadilly’s Royal Academy of Arts will be its 249th such show, giving it a legacy that many museums could only dream of. This year’s coordinator is painter, printmaker and Royal Academician Eileen Cooper, and her focus for the 1200-piece exhibition is diversity: partly in a global selection of artists, but also by curating a show of various different media (this year will see the first ever piece of performance art included). The landmark Annenberg Courtyard will be filled with Yinka Shonibare’s six-metre high Wind Sculpture VI, featuring a large three-dimensional piece of fabric blowing in the wind. This year’s Architecture Gallery will focus on construction drawings designed to reveal the full complexity of the buildings exhibited, while other highlights include a new large-scale piece by Gilbert & George along with pieces by Phyllida Barlow, Antony Gormley and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2017 (June 13-August 20), Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD (020 7300 8090); @royalacademyofarts

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