Michael Armitage at the
Royal Academy of Arts

26 May 2021
Michael Armitage at theRoyal Academy of Arts

Michael Armitage, The Chicken Thief (2019). Oil on lubugo bark cloth. 200 x 150 cm. Courtesy the artist and White Cube. © Michael Armitage. © White Cube (Theo Christelis).⁠ 

There's a lot to celebrate in London this month with the re-opening of the Royal Academy of Arts and a stream of other top art institutions post-lockdown. ⁠

The Royal Academy of Arts opens with Michael Armitage's ground-breaking exhibition, Paradise Edict, showcasing an extraordinary group of 15 Goya-esque works, which showed at Munich's Haus der Kunst last year.

Rendered on Ugandan lubugo cloth, The Chicken Thief draws on all corners of Armitage's life, from his upbringing in Nairobi and his education at London's Slade School of Art, to his return to the landscapes, politics, and visual narratives of Kenya, where he keeps a studio.⁠

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