There are certain places that always take our breath away upon visiting, even when we have visited numerous times before. The Royal Academy is such a place. A true artistic institution with a world-class exhibition programme, we have become accustomed to seeing new sides of even the most familiar artists in these halls. Somehow artists seem ‘fuller’ when they are exhibited here. Although this could be the effect of the beautiful Georgian architecture, we’re sure that expert curators, who are determined to ‘open up’ artists, are mostly to thank for this effect.