Christopher Le Brun to Step Down as President of the Royal Academy of Arts

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Christopher Le Brun to Step Down as President of the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts announced that Christopher Le Brun will step down as President of the Royal Academy of Arts in December 2019 after serving for eight years. Le Brun became President of the Royal Academy in 2011.

Image: Christopher Le Brun, photo courtesy to the Royal Academy of Arts

 

The Royal Academy of Arts announced that Christopher Le Brun will step down as President of the Royal Academy of Arts in December 2019 after serving for eight years.

Le Brun became President of the Royal Academy in 2011. He is widely acknowledged as having presided over a period of unprecedented success for the Royal Academy in which it has beenenergised and its reputation enhanced, transforming it into one of the world’s leading artsorganisations.

He is the 26th President since Sir Joshua Reynolds, the first painter to be elected since 1984, and the youngest to hold the post since Lord Leighton in 1878.

 

Image: Christopher Le Brun, photo courtesy to the Royal Academy of Arts

 

Highlights during Le Brun’s Presidency include the 250th Anniversary celebrations in 2018 whichwere marked by the completion of the RA’s transformative redevelopment linking Burlington Housewith Burlington Gardens. Le Brun was closely involved with this project from inception to completion and was instrumental in creating the new Collection Gallery, The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre and The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries. Le Brun has also built on the strength of the RA’s worldclass membership, admitting Artist Collaborations such as Gilbert & George to the Academy for the first time. As the RA is an independent charity without government funding, fundraising has been a priority, and throughout his tenure the RA has received some of the largest donations in its history.

As a painter, sculptor and printmaker, Le Brun has maintained his studio practice throughout his eight-year Presidency. Following his departure from the RA, he will return to his studio to devote time to his forthcoming solo exhibitions in Shanghai and New York.

A new President of the Royal Academy of Arts will be elected by Royal Academicians in December 2019.

Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts said: “I leave confident that today’sRoyal Academy is bigger, brighter and better. Its prestige has never been higher, with professional staff of enviable quality, an art school and exhibition programme of world class, and Academicians who represent the very best of contemporary art and architecture. The Academy is now taking up the role in national life for which it was originally designed.

Axel Rüger, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts said: “In his time asPresident, Christopher Le Brun has overseen a period of incredible change and development at the Royal Academy. We are deeply grateful for his inspiration and leadership which has given the RoyalAcademy unprecedented success and manifested it further as one of the world’s leading artsorganisations. Personally, I am grateful to him for his trust and continued support following my recentappointment.”

Rebecca Salter, Keeper of the Royal Academy said: “Christopher Le Brun, as President, has been the driving force behind the visionary redevelopment in our 250th anniversary year. This has given the Royal Academy the opportunity to expand its programme in many new ways and his legacy willshape the RA for many years to come. It has been an honour and pleasure to work with him.”

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