Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA)

Royal Academy Wrap

Digital print commissioned by Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts is undergoing a transformative redevelopment by David Chipperfield Architects that will unite Burlington House on Piccadilly with 6 Burlington Gardens to the north. The Royal Academy will be opened as never before, creating a revitalised destination for artists and the public in the very heart of London, completed in time for our 250th anniversary in 2018. Across the site there will be new public areas, displays of our collection and more space for the RA Schools. Burlington Gardens will reopen with newdedicated spaces for exhibitions, new Learning facilities, and a double-height lecture theatre.

Royal Academician Yinka Shonibare MBE will create an art work for the scaffolding wrap which will shroud the façade of Burlington Gardens for the next 2 years while the building work is taking place. It will contribute an important temporary work of art to the neighbo§urhood of Mayfair that celebrates not just the Royal Academy but the importance of art and culture for everyone. 

‘RA Family Album’ brings together over 150 photographs that span the Royal Academy’s 248-year history. The juxtaposition of images reveals the rich tapestry of activity which takes place behind these walls.  From the renowned exhibitions, public debates, artists’ gatherings and stylish social events, to the more private making of art by Schools students and the skilled back of house operation, all give the place its life and vitality. This spread of images is topped by one of Shonibare’s signature colourful fabric designs, in this case of circles, selected as a sign of universal inclusiveness. From historic legacy to future possibilities, the work highlights the Royal Academy as a place for all.

 

 

RA Family Album
RA Family Album
Courtesy of Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and James Cohan Gallery, New York
 
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