‘Architects as Artists’ at the V&A Museum

Dating back to the Renaissance, drawing and art have long played an integral role for architects, whether as representative images for their intricate architectural work, as a means of additional work in its own right, or just purely for pleasure. ‘Architects as Artists’, an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, showing from 15th November 2014 – 15th march 2015, will closely explore the numerous ways in which key architectural figures have used and created art.

The exhibition will feature a collection of approximately fifty pieces of work drawing upon collections from the Victoria & Albert Museum as well as the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The exhibition in fact marks the tenth anniversary of the partnership between the V&A and the RIBA. Amongst those pieces featured at the exhibition will be a pair of digital renderings for a project between ‘Fat Architecture’ and artist Grayson Perry entitled ‘A House for Essex’. Other featured works include designs for an artist’s house by E.W. Godwin, a drawing of the Pantheon in Rome by Raphael, a watercolour piece by Hugh Casson and a drawing by Italian Futurist Virgilio Marchi. Recent works will also feature including a depiction of the re-forestation of the Thames Estuary by Tom Noonan’s as well as drawings by William Burges, Augustus Pugin, Alfred Waterhouse and William Walcot.

The exhibition looks to highlight the valuable role that art has played for architects in enabling them to effectively represent a detailed building design and its sense of space within a two dimensional area. The exhibition also looks at historic architecture and how drawings have enabled architects to improve and adapt their designs as well as provide a means of documentation for their various travels. The factor of the audience that the drawings are created for will also be explored, showing the shift in conventions used for presenting images to audiences such as clients or media publications.

For more information on the Victoria & Albert Museum please visit www.vam.ac.uk. For more information on the Royal Institute of British Architects please visit www.architecture.com.

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Title: Egyptian temple Antony in Egypt, 1928 Artist: William Walcot Credit line: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collection.

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Title: Designs for Truro Cathedral, 1878 Artist: William Burges Credit line: (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Title: Architectural concept showing a log harvest in 2041,from the series Re-Forestation of the Thames Estuary, 2010 Artist: Tom Noonan Credit line: (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Title: Night section, A House for Essex, Artist: FAT Architecture and Grayson Perry, Credit line: Image courtesy Ordinary Architecture Ltd