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“Hockney Magic” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts
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Owner description: Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain, whose exhibitions attract over a million people each year.
Knebworth, United Kingdom
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“Hockney Magic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

Queued for 11/2 hrs to see the Hockney exhibition. Well worth it. Very crowded even with timed tickets. Too many people trying to access the Hockney via the book shop. Could do with having another way into exhbition.

Visited April 2012
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“Free behind the scenes tour- excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

Found out that volunteers led almost daily tours of the rooms you never get to see- all adorned with art works that are jaw dropping...there's even a Lowry hiding behind a door! The rooms themselves are beautiful, and the history behind the house is fascinating. Well worth doing. And, as I said, it's free of charge. Just turn up five minutes before the tour starts in the entrance hall.

Visited April 2012
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“fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

you do not turn up at a hotly anticipated event like this without booking first, my friend took me for my birthday and he booked weeks ahead, when we arrived the queues were overwhelming but we just strolled in, no fuss, no bother. The exhibition was marvellous and probably the most interesting and inspiring art I have seen in ages. After 2 and a half hours we went to the shop, then strolled out again to see people still queueing, I overheard an academy member being told he would have to pay/ join members queue not just stroll in. There was also a very interesting Hawksmoor exhibition,small and interesting and free to see just before you left. We then went for tea at the National Gallery, it would have been too busy at the academy. A fabulous day, can't mention the ticket prices as my ticket was a present and I am not aware what they cost. You need to pre plan a day like this never just turn up.

Visited March 2012
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“Undervalued Yorkshire Wolds made Great!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012

I loved his paintings of the Yorkshire Wolds, it's an area which doesn't appear on any major tourist trail, it's not spectacular National Park, it's just average, typically English, agricultural countryside, but his paintings ooze love for it and the intimacy of his studies of seasonal change are delightful.
There is other stuff, like Salts Mill and some great (ipad) paintings of Yosemite, and earlier work in California (including Grand Canyon), which are impressive.
Some people were wandering round muttering negative stuff like "he's not a Constable is he?". Well if you want Constable go and see him, Hockney is different and thank goodness!
The only negative point I would say is that it was very crowded, why can't the galleries work out that these things are going to be tremendously popular and put them on for longer and extend the hours at an early stage?

Visited April 2012
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“David Hockney”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

We'd booked some weeks previously to see the David Hockney exhibition. We'd been allotted a slot at 9.30 pm; for various reasons we turned up 45 minutes early, but it was no problem and we were waved on through. The halls were busy but not ovewhelmed, and we had plenty of time and space to see everything.

Visited March 2012
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