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Royal Academy of Arts

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Address: Burlington House | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
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Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest...

Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain, whose exhibitions attract over a million people each year.

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Living artists, living art

An academy rather than gallery, independent and privately funded to promote a practice of art, led by practitioners, greatest artists and architects of today. Immensely enjoyable... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The RA is a fine institution, with a strong tradition in academic teaching, and a rich history of blockbuster exhibitions. And maybe that's the problem? Art and the art world have moved on, but the RA feels stuck in the 20th century (if not the 19th....). Visiting the dark and gloomy cafe, I almost expected to see John Ruskin sitting... More 

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the RA. I am sorry to hear you found us to be tired and old fashioned. Some of our facilities - our toilets and cloakroom are not of the best quality. These will all be improved alongside new exhibition spaces, learning facilities and a new lecture theatre which will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An academy rather than gallery, independent and privately funded to promote a practice of art, led by practitioners, greatest artists and architects of today. Immensely enjoyable exhibitions sharing insights and provoking thoughts, thrillingly diverse, captivating and compelling communication. The beautifully refurbished Keeper's House is open to the public, it is a real privilege to be a Friend of the RA.

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Dear Elena, Thank you for your lovely review and for your continued support as a Friend. I hope you enjoy our forthcoming exhibition programme. We look forward to seeing you soon. Many thanks, Kate More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most outstanding institutions in London with regular exhibitions to compare with any other major city. Good facilities and Fellows Room cafe for members which is open to all from the late afternoon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was fortunate to be in London when the David Hockney exhibition of portraits was on. Loved it. Vibrant characters and colors,

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you - glad you enjoyed the show. We hope you can visit again soon. Many thanks, Kate More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In the heart of the comercial area of Piccadilly, this centenary institution holds some of the most interesting art exhibitions of the whole city. The Abstract Expressionism one is absolutely astonishing: mayor masterpieces by Pollock, Rothko, De Kooning, etc...

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. I am really pleased to hear you enjoyed the Abstract Expressionism exhibition. We hope to see you again soon. Many thanks, Kate More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They have several galleries dedicated to art in general, but I usually go for the special Exhibitions. This time it was portraits by Hockney. A show worth while attending as most all their special exhibits.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to see the astonishing Abstract Exhibitionism exhibition without booking first and found out how spectacularly amateur ticket sales techniques and queue management can sour the experience. It took them almost 90 minutes on a freezing cold day to process no more than about 100 people, all of them stuck out in the cold. Two staff dealing with simple ticket... More 

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Dear Nicholas, Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the RA. I am really pleased to hear you enjoyed the exhibition. I think the works were fantastic! I was sorry to hear that you thought the ticket sales process was shambolic and chaotic and that the RA does not support its visitors. The queue time during... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Especially good to visit when they have their annual showing of thousands of works by artists and art of all types --

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A suitably grand and expansive gallery that gives real thought to their exhibitions. I went to see the abstract expressionism exhibit and was blown away by the ambition and size of the exhibition...also by the background information provided about key pieces. My only downer was the number of people they'd let in at once, at some points it felt crowded...but... More 

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. I'm glad you enjoyed the exhibition. I'm sorry you found it too busy. The period after Christmas did have a very high demand (we extended our hours between Christmas and New Year to manage this). If you prefer a quieter experience in the galleries, we tend to have fewer visitors on a Friday evening... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for the Abstract Expressionism exhibition primarily to see Rothko and Pollock but discovered Clyfford Still who I thought was fantastic. The exhibition was crowded, as usual, even though it is ticketed. Facilities are good especially for members. Limited disable parking which needs booking in advance. Construction project will improve the RA.

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