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The Queen to visit the Royal Academy of Arts

Her Majesty The Queen will be visiting the Royal Academy of Arts in Central London to mark the completion of a major redevelopment site.

Whilst at the Academy, The Queen will officially open and tour the Burlington Gardens building which has been completed for the Royal Academy’s 250th Anniversary year. Her Majesty The Queen will also meet those involved in the design and construction process of the redevelopment.

Before the full public opening of the new Royal Academy on the 19th May, The Queen will unveil the first painting to be installed in the new building. The Academy’s current exhibition, Charles I: King and Collector, will also be viewed by The Queen during her visit.

This exhibition reunites for the first time the masterpieces of a magnificent collection of work that King Charles I acquired. This includes artwork from the fifteenth and seventeenth century which were sold and scattered across Europe following the King’s execution in 1649.

The Royal Academy of Arts was founded in 1768 and has been a voice for art and artists for many years. The Academy is an independent charity led by famous artists and architects (the Royal Academicians) which promote the appreciation and practice of the visual arts and architecture through exhibitions, education and debate.

The redevelopment of the Royal Academy, designed by the internationally acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield RA with the support from the National Lottery, is to mark its landmark anniversary.

The new development will reveal more of the elements that make the Royal Academy of Arts so unique. They’ll be sharing with the public historic treasures from its Collection, the work of the Royal Academicians and the Royal Academy Schools, and its world-class exhibitions programme.

The most significant outcome of the redevelopment is the link between Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, uniting the two-acre campus and providing 70% more space than before. This will enable the Academy to expand its exhibition and events programme to create new and free displays of art and architecture across the campus for the public to enjoy throughout the year.

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