This exhibition will explore the affinities between two artists born centuries apart -- Bill Viola and Michelangelo -- both of whom produce beautiful artworks with raw emotional power.
In contrast to the grandeur of his frescoes and sculptures, Michelangelo's drawings can take us even closer to the emotional heart of his work. They were often created as an expression of love, or as a meditative reflection of his own mortality.
When video artist Bill Viola first saw these drawings in an exhibition at Windsor Castle he was taken by the way Michelangelo used a body to convey different emotional states. And although he works in a completely different medium, Viola's work also seeks to capture those same physical extremes and moments of transcendence.
The exhibition will include a selection of Michelangelo's most poignant works, including his drawings of the Crucifixion, as well as his only marble sculpture on display in the UK: the Virgin and Child with the Infant St. John. Viola will be represented by twelve installations, including the five-metre high Tristan's Ascension.
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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
Felix Vallotton at the Royal Academy – 30 Jun to 29 Sep 2019 – The Royal Academy of Arts will be putting on an exhibition of work by the French painter and printmaker Felix Vallotton
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.
Renzo Piano — The Art of Making Buildings – 15 Sep 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – This exhibition will explore the buildings of Renzo Piano - the famous Italian architect who designed The Shard
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.
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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