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  • A breathtaking exhibit of Abstract Expressionism
  • Immerse yourself in the art of 1950s New York
  • The first major survey of the movement since 1959
  • See works by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko & Willem de Kooning
  • Intense, spontaneous, expressive and, at times, monumental in scale
  • Also featuring the lesser-known but vital contributors to the movement
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Make sure you don’t miss the first major survey of Abstract Expressionism since 1959 – a moving and intense display of the boundless creativity of 1950s New York. Put together by The Royal Academy of Arts in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the display focuses on the art created during the period surrounding the Second World War, Beat poetry and free jazz.

Featuring prominent artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning, the exhibit also features the lesser-known but no less important contributors to the movement. The works range from the intense and detailed to the vast and contemplative – their style broke conventions and marked a style of painting never seen before.

A watershed moment for 20th century art, the exhibition is intense, emotional, deeply expressive and radical; pieces that are intended to present a two-way encounter between artist and viewer.

The final part of the exhibition acknowledges the photography and sculpture that contributed to the art phenomenon that saw New York over take Paris as the art capital of the world.

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  • All customers must take their printed voucher to the Royal Academy ticket desk for redemption.
  • At busy times, there may be queuing involved to collect tickets.
  • Children under 16 get free admission, but a ticket still needs to be reserved
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Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Nearest Underground: Piccadilly Circus or Green Park