[Exhibition] “The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture” at Sir John Soane’s Museum

May 16, 2018

Focusing on a selection of pivotal works by the movement’s principal protagonists – Terry Farrell, Piers Gough, Jeremy Dixon, John Outram and James Stirling/Michael Wilford – the exhibition will feature a range of stunning drawings, models and images, as well as full-scale replicas and fragments of actual buildings.

 

John Outram, Project for 200 Queen Victoria Street for Rosehaugh-Stanhope Developers (unbuilt), 1988-90.

John Outram, Project for 200 Queen Victoria Street for Rosehaugh-Stanhope Developers (unbuilt), 1988-90

 

The exhibition will focus on the early, ‘radical moment’ of Postmodernism, which it will reveal to be one of the most inventive periods in British architectural history – a moment when the architectural past came alive with new possibilities for the future. Much of this material has never been exhibited publicly. Displayed the Museum’s exhibition galleries as well adjoining Soane-designed period interiors, the exhibition will forge a rich, complex and at times surprising dialogue with the Museum and Soane’s own relationship to the architectural past.


 

Practical information

“The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture”
16 May – 26 August 2018
Sir John Soane’s Museum
13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London
UK

 


In May 2018, Sir John Soane’s Museum will present the first exhibition to explore Postmodernism in British Architecture. In this talk, Owen Hopkins, Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education, will introduce the exhibition which focuses on the early, ‘radical moment’ of Postmodernism – one of the most inventive periods in British architectural history – a moment when the architectural past came alive with new possibilities for the future. Focusing on a selection of pivotal works by the movement’s principal protagonists – Terry Farrell, Piers Gough, Jeremy Dixon, John Outram and James Stirling/Michael Wilford – the exhibition will feature a range of stunning drawings, models and images, as well as full-scale replicas and fragments of actual buildings.

 

Terry Farrell , SIS Building, London, completed 1994. Image credit © Nigel Young

Terry Farrell , SIS Building, London, completed 1994. Image credit © Nigel Young

Terry Farrell , SIS Building, London, completed 1994. Image credit © Nigel Young

Terry Farrell , SIS Building, London, completed 1994. Image credit © Nigel Young

 

Hopkins will offer a unique preview of some of the stunning drawings, models and images, as well as full‐scale replicas and fragments of actual buildings by the movement’s principal protagonists – Terry Farrell, Piers Gough, Jeremy Dixon, John Outram and James Stirling/Michael Wilford – that the exhibition will showcase. He will also explore how the exhibition is being curated, and the rich, complex and at times surprising dialogue it is intended to forge with the Museum and Soane’s own relationship to the architectural past.

 

CZWG Architects, China Wharf, London, 1988.  Credit © John and Jo Peck

CZWG Architects, China Wharf, London, 1988. Credit © John and Jo Peck

CZWG Architects, China Wharf, London, 1988.  Credit © John and Jo Peck

CZWG Architects, China Wharf, London, 1988. Credit © John and Jo Peck

 

OWEN HOPKINS is Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education at Sir John Soane’s Museum, and was previously Architecture Program Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. In addition to his work as a curator, Hopkins is experienced writer on architecture, having written for a variety of publications, as well as being the author of five books and the editor of two collections of essays.

 

John Outram, Project for 200 Queen Victoria Street for Rosehaugh-Stanhope Developers (unbuilt), 1988-90.

John Outram, Project for 200 Queen Victoria Street for Rosehaugh-Stanhope Developers (unbuilt), 1988-90.

CZWG Architects, China Wharf, London, 1988.  Credit © John and Jo Peck

CZWG Architects, China Wharf, London, 1988. Credit © John and Jo Peck

Terry Farrell , SIS Building, London, completed 1994. Image credit © Nigel Young

Terry Farrell , SIS Building, London, completed 1994. Image credit © Nigel Young


 

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