The bank for a changing world

"Abstract Expressionism" exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts

  • 20.09.2016

« Abstract Expressionism » exhibition will be held at the Royal Academy of Arts from 24 September 2016 to 2 January 2017. 

As the bank for a changing world, BNP Paribas recognises the important role the arts play in shaping how we interpret the world around us.   As such, we are committed to promoting cultural and artistic heritage internationally.

Culture is an essential means by which people shape their identity and imagine their future.  Building on this ethos, BNP Paribas seeks to consider change, innovate and create new opportunities that benefit our clients.  In so doing, we strive to build the bank of tomorrow.

As a responsible bank, BNP Paribas believes in supporting the communities in which we operate. The BNP Paribas Foundation, Dream Up programme helps disadvantaged children combat social exclusion through practicing art and globally benefit over 30,000 young people in 26 countries

In UK, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, the Dream Up programme enables children to visit regularly the Museum and to create their own works of art with the support of professionals and volunteers.

In the UK, BNP Paribas has supported 5 major art exhibitions in the past 9 years including 4 at the Royal Academy of Arts.  BNP Paribas has been present in the UK for nearly 150 years and employs more than 7,500 staff in 28 locations across the country. 


BNP Paribas - Lead sponsor of Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy of Arts from 24 September 2016 to 2 January 2017.

This long awaited exhibition is the first survey of Abstract Expressionism in the UK for nearly 60 years and has been hailed as “wall-to-wall genius” by the Evening Standard.   

Abstract Expressionism brings together some of the most celebrated art of the past century, offering the chance to experience the powerful collective impact of Pollock, Rothko, Still, de Kooning, Newman, Kline, Krasner, Smith, Guston and Gorky as their works dominate the galleries with their scale and vitality.  

Also included are some of the world’s most valuable and rarely lent works,  including 9 Stills on loan for the first time, and Pollock’s Mural and Blue Poles shown together for the first time.  

This exhibition is curated by the independent art historian Dr David Anfam, alongside Edith Devaney, Contemporary Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts.  Dr Anfam is the preeminent authority on Abstract Expressionism, the author of the catalogue raisonne of Mark Rothko’s paintings and Senior Consulting Curator at the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver.

How to get there ?

Joan Mitchell, Mandres, 1961–1962. Oil on canvas, 221 x 200 cm. Private collection, courtesy of McClain Gallery.
© Estate of Joan Mitchell