You might not have recognise his name, but you will definitely recognise some of the buildings he has designed because Renzo Piano is the architect behind The Shard and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
This exhibition will reveal the vision behind some of his pioneering work by focusing on 16 key buildings -- some of which are still in the making. It will explore how his Building Workshop designs them all 'piece by piece', making use of form, materials and engineering to achieve a poetic elegance. You'll see drawings, models, photographs and full-scale maquettes. There is also a brand-new film by Thomas Riedelsheimer to show how Piano's inspiring architecture is made.
The highlight of the exhibition is an imaginary 'island', a specially designed installation which brings together nearly 100 of Piano's past and future projects.
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”
Oceania — Captain Cook’s Voyage of Discovery – 29 Sep to 10 Dec 2018 – An exhibition of art created by the island civilisations that Captain Cook met on his voyage of discovery in 1768
Klimt and Schiele — Drawings from Vienna – 4 Nov 2018 to 3 Feb 2019 – An exhibition of drawings by two Austrian artists in the centenary of their deaths -- Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele
Chrissie Hynde talks about her art – 21 Nov 2018 – Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders will be talking about her artwork and her new book, Adding The Blue, at the Royal Academy
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.
Drop-in Drawing at the National Portrait Gallery – Every Fri – Enjoy a free drop-in drawing session at the National Portrait Gallery, amongst some of the gallery's great works of art.
William De Morgan’s Sublime Symmetry – 11 May to 28 Oct 2018 – Sublime Symmetry is an exploration of William De Morgan's clever use of mathematics in his ceramic designs
Sir Richard Wallace — The Collector – 20 Jun 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – The Wallace Collection's new exhibition will highlight the contributions made by the museum's founder, Sir Richard Wallace.
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 Courtauld Gallery), National Gallery (you can walk it 10 mins), National Portrait Gallery (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to National Portrait Gallery), Tate Britain (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Tate Britain) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 18 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Wallace Collection)
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