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.
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”
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
Pierre Bonnard — The Colour Of Memory – 23 Jan to 6 May 2019 – Tate Modern will be putting on a major new exhibition of work by the master of colour and composition, Pierre Bonnard
The photographs of Don McCullin – 5 Feb to 6 May 2019 – An exhibition of 250 photographs by Don McCullin, showing scenes of poverty and war in Vietnam and Northern Ireland.
Franz West at the Tate Modern – 20 Feb to 2 Jun 2019 – This retrospective will showcase some large-scale works and sculptures by Franz West - one of the leading figures in European art
Elizabethan Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver – 21 Feb to 19 May 2019 – The Elizabethan Treasures exhibition brings together many of the best miniature paintings from the 16th and 17th-century
Dorothea Tanning retrospective – 27 Feb to 9 Jun 2019 – The Tate Modern will be putting on an exhibition that looks back over the long career of surrealist artist Dorothea Tanning
Find more art exhibitions in 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)
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