The Great Spectacle
Royal Academy of Arts, London

12 June — 19 August 2018
The John Madejski Fine Rooms, Weston Rooms, and Galleries I and II, Burlington House, W1J 0BD

The Great Spectacle tells the story of 250 years of the Summer Exhibition, the world’s longest running annual display of contemporary art.

Staged to coincide with the Summer Exhibition of 2018The Great Spectacle revisits important moments in the history of the Academy and its annual show: from its inception as a showcase for grand society portraits and epic history scenes, via its role in the fight for women’s suffrage and the impact of two World Wars, to its ongoing status as a platform for both established and unknown contemporary artists.

Le Brun presents a new oil painting. 

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