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”
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
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
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.
Courtauld Impressionists — From Manet to Cezanne – 17 Sep 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of Impressionist works by Cezanne, Renoir, Manet and more.
Jesse Darling — The Ballad of Saint Jerome – 22 Sep 2018 to 24 Feb 2019 – Jesse Darling uses the legend of Saint Jerome to create works about control, captivity and the subjugation of others.
Find more exhibitions during January
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)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans