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V&A and RIBA Present “Architects as Artists”

  • 00:00 - 14 November, 2014
V&A and RIBA Present “Architects as Artists”
V&A and RIBA Present “Architects as Artists”, Designs for Truro Cathedral, 1878   Artist: William Burges. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Designs for Truro Cathedral, 1878 Artist: William Burges. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Drawings have long been used as a method for architects to represent their projects. However, architects sometimes make drawings to communicate a sense of space in a deeper and more meaningful way - in a manner that begins to venture into the realm of art. A new exhibition opening at London's V&A Museum this Saturday entitled Architects as Artists examines the overlapping relationship between architecture and art, and documents the many ways in which it is used and created.

Architectural concept showing a log harvest in 2041,from the series Re-Forestation of the Thames Estuary, 2010  Artist: Tom Noonan. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London Design for an artists house and studio,Tite Street, Chelsea, 1878  Artist:  Edward William Godwin. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London Egyptian temple Antony in Egypt, 1928   Artist:  William Walcot. Image Courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collection Night section, A House for Essex.  Artist: FAT Architecture and Grayson Perry. Image Courtesy of FAT Architecture + 5

Night section, A House for Essex.  Artist: FAT Architecture and Grayson Perry. Image Courtesy of FAT Architecture
Night section, A House for Essex. Artist: FAT Architecture and Grayson Perry. Image Courtesy of FAT Architecture

The exhibition brings together approximately 50 works, drawing on the collections of the V&A and RIBA, and includes two "striking" digital renderings of FAT and Grayson Perry's ‘A House for Essex’, designs for an artist’s house by E.W. Godwin, one of Raphael's drawings of the Pantheon in Rome, a lithograph by Cyril Power of the staircase at Russell Square tube station, a watercolour sketch by Hugh Casson, a volume of architecture fantasies by the Russian architect Iakov Chernikhov, Tom Noonan’s depiction of the re-forestation of the Thames Estuary and drawings by Willian Burges, Augustus Pugin, Alfred Waterhouse and William Walcot and Italian Futurist Virgilio Marchi.

Architectural concept showing a log harvest in 2041,from the series Re-Forestation of the Thames Estuary, 2010  Artist: Tom Noonan. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Architectural concept showing a log harvest in 2041,from the series Re-Forestation of the Thames Estuary, 2010 Artist: Tom Noonan. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The exhibition will consider how architects have represented buildings in two dimensions to communicate three-dimensional space as far back as the Renaissance. It will also emphasize the ways in which drawings can serve to document historic architecture and an architect’s travels. In addition, the display will explore how drawings are used to communicate with a variety of audiences and how pictorial conventions are often adopted for clients or publications.

Egyptian temple Antony in Egypt, 1928   Artist:  William Walcot. Image Courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collection
Egyptian temple Antony in Egypt, 1928 Artist: William Walcot. Image Courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collection

Architects as Artists marks the tenth anniversary of a partnership between the V&A and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), with artworks taken from the combined collections of both institutions. The latest exhibition follows on from previous successful collaborations between the V&A and the RIBA, such as a study of Maggie’s Centres, and an examination of Le Corbusier’s unrealised designs for a Baghdad Olympic stadium.

Design for an artists house and studio,Tite Street, Chelsea, 1878  Artist:  Edward William Godwin. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Design for an artists house and studio,Tite Street, Chelsea, 1878 Artist: Edward William Godwin. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Cite: "V&A and RIBA Present “Architects as Artists”" 14 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/567512/v-and-a-and-riba-present-architects-as-artists/> ISSN 0719-8884