VCL private visit Spilliaert RA

  • 25 Feb 2020
  • 11 Mar 2020
  • 2 sessions
  • 25 Feb 2020, 18:30 20:00 (GMT)
  • 11 Mar 2020, 18:30 20:00 (GMT)
  • Royal Academy, Burlington House W1J 0BD
  • 27


Dear members and friends,

We are delighted to invite you for a private, guided visit to Léon Spilliaert at the RA at the Royal Academy this spring.

Note there are 2 visits planned, both with limited availability. Registration, for members only, required via the links below:

11 March (DUTCH spoken tour): this visit will be led by Anne Adriaens-Pannier, the exhibition's curator and world renowned specialist in Spilliaert's oeuvre.

25 February (ENGLISH spoken tour)

Both evenings will be concluded with a complimentarty networking drink.

See you there!

VCL Committee

From his celebrated self-portraits to dreamlike scenes of the North Sea coast, this exhibition will introduce UK audiences to the visionary work of artist Léon Spilliaert.

Léon Spilliaert (1881–1946) was born in the coastal town of Ostend. He moved to Brussels at the age of 20, and would live and work between the two cities for the rest of his life. Self-taught, he forged his own artistic identity, which was shaped by the affinity he felt with writers and thinkers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Spilliaert’s work is characterised by dramatic perspectives and a quiet luminescence. He is best known for a sequence of enigmatic self-portraits and for his atmospheric night-time scenes of Ostend. His visual explorations of the self and potent images of solitude align him with European modernists such as Edvard Munch and Vilhelm Hammershøi.


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