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The Royal Academy of London opens its historical lifestyle to the public

Free lessons at the historical school and a life-drawing show with VR and Iggy Pop nudes help mark the 250th anniversary of the RA.

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Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller. Organised by the Brooklyn Museum, February 21, 2016. Photo: Elena Olivo, (c) Brooklyn Museum

The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) in London marks the 250-year jubilee year early in 2018, up close and personal, and opens its historic living space to the public and offers 250 free life signs. The move accompanies the opening on Monday 11 December of a life-drawing show with a difference.

The Royal Academy has run famous lifestyle classes since it was founded in 1768. The independent, artist-run institute also has the longest existing art academy in the United Kingdom.

The free lessons promise the participants to offer the historical art school experience in a purpose-built 19th-century life-drawing studio space, filled with antique casts that are still being used as educational tools. The lessons, which will be led by surprising guest teachers, are first offered to academics and life-forming affiliates. However, there are 50 places to grab in a mood that is open to the public.

Meanwhile, the exhibition “From Life”, which opens today (until 11 March 2018), follows the history of life, drawing from the 18th century to the present. On display are historical paintings by artists, such as Johann Zoffany and contemporary works, such as Jeremy Deller’s I GGY Pop Life Class (2016), which were made in the Brooklyn Museum. Also to be seen are experimental works with advanced VR technology.

The show is spread over the Sackler Wing and Tennant Gallery of the RA and includes works such as Cai Guo-Qiang’s film One Thousand Youngsters Drawing David (2010), imaginary future self-portraits of Gillian Wearing and work by other academics such as Antony Gormley, Chantal Joffe and Michael Landy.

“In a sense,” From Life “embodies what an artist-run academy was, is and could become,” said Tim Marlow, the artistic director of the academy, of the experimental project.

Elsewhere, artists have experimented with VR technologies, and you can immerse yourself in the world of architect Farshid Moussavi’s ecclesiastical architectural gems, Yinka Shonibare’s 3D rendering of a neoclassical painting, or Humphrey Ocean’s virtual studio environment where the audience can draw their own three-dimensional sketches. to make. . The VR work of Jonathan Yeo, a large cast of his own head, is the first free-standing metal sculpture made with Google’s Tilt Brush.

“From life” can be seen at the Royal Academy of Arts between 11 December 2017 – 11 March 2018.

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