Rubens and His Legacy | Royal Academy 24 January – 10 February 2015

Excitement is building for this: Rubens and His Legacy. Peter Paul Rubens, opening at the Royal Academy in London this Saturday.  Also featuring La Peregrina, a curated response to the show by artist Jenny Saville who selected work such as the above example, Sleeping Figure1959, by Francis Bacon.


Peter Paul Rubens has been described as the “prince of painters”. A bold claim? Judge for yourself at this, the first major overview of his work and legacy.

Rubens and His Legacy will bring together masterpieces produced during his lifetime, as well as major works by great artists who were influenced by him in the generations that followed. We see the influence of Rubens in the prints of Picasso and Rembrandt, in the portraiture of Van Dyck, in the hunting scenes and devotional works of Delacroix, and in the landscapes of Constable and Gainsborough. It is a far reaching and remarkable legacy.

Rubens, best known for his fleshy nude women, also embraced a broad array of subjects, from religious and mythological scenes to landscapes and portraits. We will be looking at each of these areas through the lens of six themes; power, lust, compassion, elegance, poetry and violence.

Set to be one of the biggest spectacles of 2015, this is an unprecedented opportunity to see masterpieces by Rubens side by side with the work of his artistic heirs.

La Peregrina Contemporary works to join ‘Rubens and His Legacy’

As part of this landmark exhibition, celebrated artist and Royal Academician Jenny Saville will curate La Peregrina, a personal and contemporary response to Rubens and His Legacy.

For La Peregrina, Saville has chosen a selection of works by major 20th and 21st century artists. As well as paintings by Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Sarah Lucas, Lucian Freud and others, you can look forward to seeing extraordinary new work created by Saville especially for this occasion.

Jenny Saville is best known for her large-scale oil paintings of female figures. With her deep fascination in the palpability of flesh, extremities of anatomy and the grotesque, Saville’s artwork invokes the influence of Rubens. The range of works she has brought together reflect both her personal response and deep understanding of one of the great masters of art history.

“Whether you think you like Rubens or not, his influence runs through the pathways of painting. Like Warhol, he changed the game of art.” – Jenny Saville RA

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Anselm Kiefer

Royal Academy, London

Anselm Kiefer has an unmissable show on now at the Royal Academy.

27 September — 14 December 2014

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Over the last decade, our single artist shows have captured the imagination of the public. Always large in scale, ambitious in scope and astonishing in execution, we’ve seen artists including Anish Kapoor and David Hockney take on our Main Galleries. Now, this autumn, it’s the turn of a man described as “a colossus of contemporary art” to make his mark: Anselm Kiefer.

This will be the most significant exhibition of the German artist’s work ever held in the UK, spanning his entire 40 year career and unveiling new work created in direct response to our spaces.

Kiefer’s extraordinary body of work includes painting, sculpture and quite simply monumental installations. Uncompromising in the subject matter he tackles, Kiefer’s work powerfully captures the human experience and draws on history, mythology, literature, philosophy and science.

Full of brave and provocative work, this exhibition will be a testament to the career of a man driven to confront himself and the audience with the big and complex issues of our world’s past, present and future.

Royal Academy of Arts | Summer Exhibition 2014

London | 09 June – 17 August 2014

This year’s exhibition shaping up nicely, reportedly more unknown artists work involved than ever before.  Alongside the Garden Bridge& work from Thomas Heatherwick and work from Bob and Roberta Smith.


Everything you’ll see at the Summer Exhibition represents what is happening in the art world right now. New and recent art created by everyone from emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture.

This is the world’s largest open entry exhibition and we’ve been holding it for nearly 250 years – that’s nine British monarchies, 43 US Presidents, two World Wars and more than 50 British Prime Ministers. Throughout that time, the Summer Exhibition has remained a powerful barometer of the art of each age. And the same simple premise has always applied – anyone can enter and all of the works are chosen by leading artists. The sheer variety of work presented each year is what makes the Summer Exhibition an annual highlight of the cultural calendar. This year, you can explore the black and white room curated by Cornelia Parker, see what our new RAs Thomas Heatherwick and Bob and Roberta Smith have in store and, as ever, view hundreds of other works by people who may yet become your new favourite artists. Who will you discover?