Galleries 2015

Courtyard and Staircase

This year’s Summer Exhibition has been co-ordinated by Michael Craig-Martin RA, who has focused on how the exhibition is choreographed around visitors’ movement through the architectural spaces. Entering through the great arch into the Annenberg Courtyard, we immediately encounter Conrad Shawcross RA’s sculptural installation The Dappled Light of the Sun.

By the time we reach the foot of Jim Lambie’s dazzling multi-coloured staircase, we are already fully immersed in the exhibition. The removal of the historic ceiling and wall paintings from the Front Hall has allowed two oil diptychs by the recently elected Academician Rose Wylie to be hung in the large spaces on either side of the staircase, this grand position increasing their subversiveness.