V&A to stage Architects as Artists exhibition

Exhibition of work from the V&A and RIBA archives plus new work to explore the relationship between art and architecture

Main picture: Designs for Truro Cathedral William Burges 1878. Victoria and Albert Museum London

There's a natural crossover between art and architecture. Buildings can, in themselves, be works of art and many an architect has sought refuge from the rigors of architecture by picking up a paintbrush or pencil and sketching our something less exacting, more emotive and intuitive.


Night section A House for Essex. FAT Architecture and Grayson Perry. Image courtesy Ordinary Architecture Ltd.

Now, the V&A Museum in London is to stage an exhibition that will examine the relationship between architecture and art. From work by Raphael to a project by contemporary Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, it will present examples of the many ways in which architects use and create art.

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Drawing on the collections of the V&A and RIBA, the display of some 50 works will include a pair of striking digital renderings for 'A House for Essex', a project between FAT Architecture and the artist Grayson Perry.


Egyptian temple Antony in Egypt William Walcot 1928. RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collection

These images will sit alongside designs for an artist's house by E.W. Godwin, a drawing by Raphael of the Pantheon in Rome, alithograph by Cyril Power depicting the staircase of Russell Square tube station, a watercolour sketch by Hugh Casson, a drawing by Italian Futurist Virgilio Marchi and a volume of architecture fantasies by the Russian architect Iakov Chernikhov.


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

Recent works including Tom Noonan's depiction of the re-forestation of the Thames Estuary and drawings by William Burges,Augustus Pugin, Alfred Waterhouse and William Walcot will also feature.


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

The exhibition opens on 15 November 2014 and runs until 15 March 2015.

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