Summer Exhibition 2016
13 June – 21 August 2016
The world’s largest open submission exhibition, comprising painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and film.
One of the founding principles of the Royal Academy of Arts was to 'mount an annual exhibition open to all artists of distinguished merit'. Since 1769 the Summer Exhibition has been held every year without interruption: its earliest contributors included Reynolds, Constable and Turner.
This year the exhibition is co-ordinated by Richard Wilson RA, who focuses his attention on artistic duos. Among those under the spotlight are Heather & Ivan Morison, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Jane & Louise Wilson, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Langlands & Bell and Pierre et Gilles.
Architect and sculptor Ron Arad has created a new site-specific installation for the outdoor courtyard. Spyre is a 16-metre high corten steel oval cone, hiding motors, cogs, and slew-rings. Each segment of the work moves at different speeds, meaning that the unpredictable acrobatic postures of the installation are never repeated. At its tip is an eye containing a camera, the footage from which will be shown inside the academy.