Royal Academy Installation, Chris Wilkinson Structure: Summer Exhibition

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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London : Architecture Installation

Architecture Show in London, England, UK – design by Chris Wilkinson

18 Jun 2012

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Installation

The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition includes architectural installation by Chris Wilkinson RA

Design: Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects

The 244th annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts features a site specific architectural installation designed by architect and artist Chris Wilkinson RA, Director at Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

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images : Luke Hayes

Positioned in the centre of the RA’s Annenberg Courtyard, From Landscape to Portrait is a 12 metre-long sculpture based on a series of 11 wooden artist’s frames, supported upon a timber structure clad in polished stainless steel. The sequential twist of the frames through 90 degrees from landscape (horizontal format) to portrait (vertical format), helps create a structure with a powerful sense of movement.

The colour, materials and proportion of From Landscape to Portrait have been carefully considered to relate to the Courtyard’s surroundings, creating a focal point for the entrance to the Royal Academy. In addition, the motif of the rotating frame has been adopted as the visual identity for the Summer Exhibition 2012 Marketing Campaign.

Chris Wilkinson’s installation is the latest piece in the Programme of Sculpture in the Courtyard at Burlington House and follows last year’s Coloring Book (2011) sculpture by Jeff Koons Hon. RA.

Chris Wilkinson RA, together with Eva Jiricna RA, has also curated the architecture gallery of the Summer Exhibition which explores the relationship between architecture and the fine arts.

Wilkinson said: “It’s a great honour to have had a role in developing the content of the exhibition and also help shape visitors’ first experience of the show with From Landscape to Portrait. The relationship between art and architecture has been a long-standing interest of mine. With such a fantastic range of ideas being exhibited, it made perfect sense to explore the dialogue between the disciplines.”

The Summer Exhibition, which showcases work by both emerging and established artists across all media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film, runs until 12 August 2012.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J OBD
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Chris Wilkinson is a Director at Wilkinson Eyre Architects, which he founded in 1983. He has published a number of books on architecture, taught at Harvard and Illinois Institute of Technology (US) and lectured and exhibited internationally.

The Royal Academy of Arts was founded by George III in 1768. It has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists. Its public programme promotes the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.




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