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The Royal Academy of Arts will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's first voyage to the Pacific with an exhibition of Oceanic art.
In 1768 Captain Cook set sail on a voyage to discover Terra Australis Incognita, or Australia -- the unknown southern continent as Europeans called it. Along the way he met a huge number of island civilisations from Tahiti in Polynesia, to the scattered islands of Melanesia and Micronesia.
This spectacular new exhibition reveals some of the social and artistic traditions that the indigenous populations shared with the crew, bringing together around 200 works from a span of 500 years.
You'll see ornaments made from shells and stones, huge canoes and images of their gods, and also works by contemporary artists exploring their history, identity and the peril of climate change.
The Guardian★★★★★ – "In this exhibition you can feel the ocean roll under your canoe, hear sea birds and see dorsal fins" The Telegraph★★★★★ – "An ambitious, astonishing exhibition"
> Craig’s review of Royal Academy of Arts – “You might find this hard to believe if you've read a few of my galley reviews, but I did actually go to art school once. And I really do mean once (I quit on the very first day). After looking around the induction hall I quickly realised that I wasn't cut out to be an art student because you need to smoke dope, have a silly hat or a tattoo or a silver stud in your nos… continued”
Bill Viola and Michelangelo – 26 Jan to 31 Mar 2019 – This exhibition compares the work of two very different artists: the peerless Michelangelo, and the video artist Bill Viola.
Phyllida Barlow at the Royal Academy – 23 Feb to 23 Jun 2019 – The RA will be showing one of Phyllida Barlow's large-scale installations in the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Gallery
The Renaissance Nude – 3 Mar to 2 Jun 2019 – Explore the evolution of nude painting in the 15th and 16th-century through Renaissance painters like Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo
Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts – 10 Jun to 13 Aug 2019 – The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is the largest open art exhibition in the world, attracting 12,000 entrants
Magic Realism — Art In Weimar Germany – 30 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2019 – Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years, between World Wars I and II.
Feliks Topolski — Drawing Debden – 1 Oct 2018 to 28 Jun 2019 – The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – 19 Oct 2018 to 30 Jun 2019 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum with this exhibition of the top 100 photos.
Find more art exhibitions this month
If you enjoy Royal Academy of Arts then you might like to visit Courtauld Gallery (walk it in 20 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Temple), National Gallery (you can walk it 10 mins), National Portrait Gallery (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Charing Cross), Tate Britain (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Pimlico) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 18 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Bond Street)
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