Staged to coincide with the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, this display revisits important moments in the history of the Academy and of its annual show. It explores the inception of the Summer Exhibition as a showcase for grand society portraits and epic history scenes, the role of the exhibition in the fight for women’s suffrage and the impact of two World Wars, and the exhibition’s current status as a platform for both established and unknown contemporary artists. The exhibition includes works by artists from Constable and Millais to Tracey Emin and Cornelia Parker. Find out more about ‘The Great Spectacle’ from the RA’s website.
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