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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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