The Royal Academy’s Oceania will be setting sail for Paris in early 2019, following its hugely successful London showing, where it has won 5 star reviews from critics. With over 200 objects spanning 500 years, the show celebrates the extraordinary art, navigational skills and social and cultural traditions of the indigenous peoples of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia
In London, where Real Studios’ London scheme played off the neoclassical architecture of the RA with strong colours and bold lighting, the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris – designed by Jean Nouvel - requires a distinctively different approach in order to frame the objects, highlight the key themes of voyaging and cultural exchange, and maximise impact in its open-plan and contemporary spaces. It will open in March 2019.
Real Studios are excited to be working on the delivery phase of Dorset County Museum’s refurbishment, reprogramming and expansion, having helped to secure round 2 Heritage Lottery Funding for this ambitious project, which will complete in summer 2020.
Having developed a scheme that clarifies and the connects the impressive collections Real Studios are now working closely with the client and their consultants to turn the original Victorian building and its new extension into a state of the art heritage experience, with four permanent galleries.
Whilst the building works are being carried out, a pop-up museum will be ‘on the road’ giving local communities and visitors to the county a unique insight and up-close experience of what the future Museum will look like.
Theatrical placement and framing of objects is counterpointed with bold colour and dramatic lighting to create a stunning backdrop for the Royal Academy’s Oceania exhibition, which explores the Pacific cultures that Captain James Cook encountered on his legendary voyage 250 years ago, just as the Royal Academy was founded.
Celebrating both anniversaries, the show features over 200 objects spanning 500 years and many distinctive island cultures.
Real Studios worked with the Harley team in re-purposing the Old Treasury to showcase the Harley Foundation’s work over several decades.
With the opening of the Portland Collection in 2016 this space became a physical link between the two buildings, bringing with it an opportunity to also intellectually link them and further encourage enjoyment of the visual arts both contemporary and historic.
The 15th June 2018 was the 150th anniversary of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Real Studios were on hand to install the Royal Charter. This was a key part of the 150th celebrations as it is rarely put on public display.
A reception also marked the occasion where members of the Institution could browse the exhibition and see first-hand the Royal Charter which was awarded to them in 1881. The Royal Charter gives the organisation the power to promote the usefulness of the surveying profession for the public advantage. However, it is only on display for 6 weeks so ensure you see it soon!
After the blockbuster success of its Real Studios-designed Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 exhibition, the Royal Academy of Arts has invited us to design its landmark autumn 2018 show, Oceania, the first major survey of Oceanic art to be held in the UK.
Featuring an exceptional collection of ancient and modern art from Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, our scheme will reinforce and enrich the presentation via themes of voyaging, place-making and encounter. The show marks the 250th anniversary both of the Royal Academy's founding and of legendary Pacific explorer Captain James Cook's first voyage on The Endeavour.
Ta Moko panel, 1896-99
Carved panel. Wood, shell and paint, 78 x 56 cm
Courtesy of National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
These 16th century cups each depict 4 scenes from the lives of the 12 Caesars over 150 years of Roman history, but nobody knows who commissioned or made them, and at some point they were mis-matched and dispersed all over the world. This show, transferring from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is the first time they have been correctly matched and exhibited together for 400 years.
Image: Anonymous goldsmith.The Caligula dish from the Aldobrandini Tazze, ca.1587-99. Gilded silver. Casa-Museu
The temporary exhibition, up for one year, brings a classic but contemporary touch to this gothic Victorian building, designed by Alfred Waterhouse. Within a tight, four-month time frame, Real Studios devised narratives, interpretation and construction from scratch. Set within the library alcoves and on a series of corian and metal tables, exhibits lay out the RICS' founding, principles, key members and its global and technologically advanced involvement in buildings, education and infrastructure around the world.
Along with Aubrey 'Po' Powell and Stufish, Real Studios have redesigned the display of some 350 objects for Rome's Museo d'Arte Contemporanea (MACRO), which is close to The Piper Club - where Pink Floyd played their first Italian show in 1968. Tickets on sale now!
Real Studios' exhibition in the visitor centre for Walthamstow Wetlands is now open, enhancing the listed Marine Engine House with displays on local wildlife and industrial heritage. The centrepiece of the site's interpretation is a spectacular "Water and Life" sculpture designed by Real and co-created by local groups and schools.
The Engine House, part of the 10-year, £10.6 million HLF project, acts as the springboard from which visitors explore the wider site - enjoying and learning about the Wetlands distinctive built and natural heritage, of this 211-hectare wildlife haven in the heart of London.
The exhibition traces from the Ice-age to today, the practice and expression of religious beliefs via the objects chosen to represent faith. In Real Studios' scheme, objects take centre stage on up-lit display plinths, with narratives enhanced by a range of sensory elements, from bespoke light installations to sound, music and silence.