Flexible cancellation available. Cancel without charge up until 3pm the day before arrival. Full cancellation policy here.

Flexible cancellation available. Read more.

Close
Close

Book Direct on our website for exclusive benefits

  1. Enjoy 25% off food & drink in our lounge*
  2. Best room rates and terms
  3. Priority room allocation
More than 5 rooms? Click here. *from 12noon daily

Error

There was an issue submitting the form.

Please ensure all fields are filled in correctly, or try changing your parameters.

If this issue persists, please try booking by clicking here.

close icon
Unmissable Art at the Royal Academy
25th February, 2021

Unmissable Art at the Royal Academy

[SUMMER] WINTER EXHIBITION

2020 was set to host a Summer Exhibition like no other, and we must say the Royal Academy of Arts once again delivered a stunning collection of artworks. Each year is surprising and distinct, however, the 252nd Summer Exhibition was rudely interrupted by the pandemic and moved to the winter months.  

The Royal Academy of Arts, based in Burlington House is in itself, quite breath-taking. The former Palladian mansion hosts large marble columns and the tallest of ceilings. The different mediums of art are captivating; an eclectic mix of paintings, lithographs, photography, film, and sculptures fill every room taking you on a journey as you wander through.

This year’s co-ordinators were twins Jane and Louise Wilson, who were hoping to take the exhibition in a new direction. They intended to showcase art which represents the more pressing topics of today including identity, climate change, immigration and pro-democracy protest. We were eager to find out how they would do so after watching the BBC documentary – Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. 
Out of the 20,000 or so pieces submitted, we can only imagine how tough the job of whittling down to around 1,400 must’ve been – kudos to Jane, Louise, the team and their conveyor belt process.

The first room pays homage to the Black Lives Matter movement, with the first room being dedicated to Okwui Enwezor who passed away in 2019, and other Black artists and Academicians. The first piece being Isaac Julien’s Lessons of the Hour, London 1983 – Who Killed Colin Roach? Which is a montage of photographs taken during the protests after the death of Colin Roach. This was a powerful addition to the exhibition. The likes of Sonia Boyce, Yinka Shonibare and Oscat Murillo were also seen at the start.

One great thing about the exhibition is that absolutely anyone can submit artwork. Whether that be aspiring artists who will then get to display their artwork amongst household names, the Summer Exhibition celebrates old, traditional art whilst welcoming and encouraging the new. 

Wondering through the large rooms, there's an overwhelming sense of calmness. We spent a while taking in the artwork around us, each piece utterly unique. As you walk around, you can hear nothing but light footsteps and the echo from Twice (2020), a short video by John Smith in which he sings the minor key version of Happy Birthday twice, referencing the advice from Boris Johnson when washing your hands. 

The fact that you can purchase the artwork makes it ever so exciting as you walk round with your little red guidebook. Each time a work of art is purchased, a red dot is added beneath the art. Although the frenzied crowds were massively reduced, it was pleasing to witness a sea of little red dots surrounding each piece of artwork. This really reflects what a time it is to support artists and museums after a year of cancellations and closures. 
If you missed the exhibition and are bored of baking banana bread and going on walks, check out the virtual tour of the exhibition before it closes here

EMIN & MUNCH 
Walking into the Tracey Emin: The Loneliness of the Soul exhibition is a whole other experience. The exhibition features 25 of Emin’s works alongside 18 of Edvard Munch’s. Tracey Emin is fascinated with Munch and as stated on the Royal Academy website, has “been in love with this man since I was eighteen” and interestingly, chose from his work first and then added hers to compliment and respect him. Every piece has striking colours, each standing out on their own against dark blue walls, particularly her trademark neon signs.
There are so many words you could use to describe Emin’s work – powerful, emotional, heart-breaking, hilarious, intimate, agonising are just a few.
She presents aching beauty and explores pain and fear as well as feminism and intimacy. In most of her nude imagery, the faces are covered and although you can not see their facial expressions, their bodies tell the story and let your imagination and emotions take over. 
Tracey Emin has no fear, her artwork is raw and unpolished which makes it so much more authentic and relatable. The last words you see in her newest piece are “I am the last of my kind”, leaving this note hanging over you.
You can have a virtual peak at the exhibition before it closes here.

 

Unmissable Art at the Royal Academy

Further Reading

Read all >
4th November, 2022 Your New Job at The Pilgrm!

Fancy joining our exciting journey? We're on the hunt for a go-getting Food & Beverage Manager and it could be you!

Read on >
21st October, 2022 New Art: Hans Arnold Rothholz at The Pilgrm

We are delighted to be able to share a collection of over 30 original posters from the late Hans Arnold Rothholz, which are now on display at The Pilgrm.

Read on >
6th October, 2022 Bottomless Hot Chocolate This Winter!

It's hot chocolate season, and this winter it's on us! Book your next stay with the code WINTER for bottomlesss hot chocolate each day of your visit.

Read on >
2nd September, 2022 Mirror Margarita x The Pilgrm Mexican Brunch Pop-up

The Pilgrm is joining forces with the multi-award winning cocktail gurus at Mirror Margarita for a special brunch this September

Read on >
30th June, 2022 Never-been seen Art by Keith Cunningham now on display at The Pilgrm

We are honoured to invite guests to The Pilgrm to enjoy some of the never-been-seen pieces by Keith Cunningham. A total of 58 of his secretive works currently hang throughout our café and lounge.

Read on >
12th May, 2022 The Sound & Supper Club

This summer, The Pilgrm invites you to take your senses on a trip around the world right here in London at The Sound & Supper Club!

Read on >

Hello lovely guests, friends and neighbours!

Book your London stay using the code WINTER and get free bottomless hot chocolate throughout your visit! Available on bookings from 01.11.22 until 31.01.23.

Click here to find out more
close icon

Subscribe

Sign up to The Pilgrm for good news, edits and invitations to the things we love to share and enjoy.

close icon

The Pilgrm uses cookies

Cookies are necessary for the site to function properly.
We use cookies to track traffic and to optimize our website.

Ok by me!