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

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. (more…)

“Egypt Uncovered: Belzoni and the Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I” at Sir John Soane’s Museum

To coincide with the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of Pharaoh Seti I by the Egyptologist Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778–1823), Sir John Soane’s Museum will present Egypt Uncovered: Belzoni and the Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I – a new exhibition revealing the story behind the Museum’s most treasured possession.

 

Joseph Michael Gandy, Architectural composition to show the comparative characteristics of thirteen selected styles of architecture, No Date. © The Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum

Joseph Michael Gandy, Architectural composition to show the comparative characteristics of thirteen selected styles of architecture, No Date. © The Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum

 

Known as ‘The Great Belzoni’, Giovanni Battista Belzoni was one of the most famous and pioneering explorers of his age, and played a crucial role in the development of Egyptology as a scientific discipline. A former circus strongman based in London, in 1815 Belzoni took up the role of engineer in Egypt, charged with the removal of large and heavy antiquities. (more…)

“Adam Nathaniel Furman: The Roman Singularity” at Sir John Soane’s Museum

To coincide with the 15th London Design Festival the Sir John Soane’s Museum presents ‘The Roman Singularity’ by architectural designer Adam Nathaniel Furman, a city of 3D- printed models celebrating Rome as the pilgrimage site for the world’s imagination, alongside a new site-specific work created by Furman especially for the museum.

 

Adam Nathaniel Furman 'The Roman Singularity’ © Roberto Apa

Adam Nathaniel Furman ‘The Roman Singularity’ © Roberto Apa

 

Rome is a rich palimpsest of masterpieces, their remains, ruins, and fragments from innumerable historical periods since the Roman Republic, a veritable collection of epochs. But Rome is also a crucible of modernity, a repository for possible futures precisely because it is and has been the seat of so much power, and so many dreams, which together with the authority of its past almost force it to be perpetually radical about the present. (more…)

“Robert Adam’s London” – a new exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum

The work of one of the greatest British architects of all time is examined in a new exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum. Robert Adam’s London takes an in-depth look at some of the Scottish architect’s work which helped change the landscape of the capital.

 

© Adam office, finished drawing showings sections of the stairwell at 20 Portman Square, c.1775

© Adam office, finished drawing showings sections of the stairwell at 20 Portman Square, c.1775

 

Some of the famous buildings looked at in the exhibition include Buckingham Palace, the Admiralty Screen on Whitehall and Portland Place. Robert Adam’s London is the first time the architect’s work across the city as a whole has been examined in a London museum. (more…)

“Death and Memory: Soane and the Architecture of Legacy” at Sir John Soane’s Museum

Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the death of Sir John Soane’s beloved wife Eliza, a new exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum will examine the recurring themes of death and mortality in the renowned architect’s life and work.

 

Soane Office, View of objects cinerary urns copy © Sir John Soane’s Museum

Soane Office, View of objects cinerary urns copy © Sir John Soane’s Museum

 

Death and Memory: Soane and the Architecture of Legacy (23 October 2015 – 26 March 2016) will look at Soane’s long-held professional interest in the architecture of mausolea, funerary sculpture and monuments, and at the architect’s personal tragedy of losing his wife. On display will be a selection of items illustrating Soane’s professional and personal relationship with mortality from the Museum’s vast collection, with rarely exhibited items, including a design for a monument to the Duke of Wellington created by Soane’s own architectural office. (more…)