This new exhibition at the Museum of Architectural Drawing is the fourth collaborative project with Sir John Soane’s Museum in London and is dedicated to a selection of masterful drawings by Sir John Soane (1753-1837) and his office. Soane was the leading neoclassical architect in late Georgian Britain, and many of the drawings on display were produced for the lectures he gave as Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts in London between 1809 and 1820. These colourful masterful renderings served to illustrate the classical orders in architecture. The orders are a series of architectural styles developed in ancient Greece and adopted and adapted by the Romans. For Soane, a proper understanding of the three main ancient orders – Doric, Ionic and Corinthian – was central to architecture.
Image above : Joseph Michael Gandy Präsentationszeichnung Sir John Soanes Entwurf für eine Triumphalbrücke im dorischen Stil Bleistift, Feder und Aquarell auf Büttenpapier 1799
The classical orders have their roots in the ancient temple architecture, especially in the columns and the entablature as support for the roof. The different orders differ in the way the columns with their bases, shafts and capitals and the entablature are decorated. Although the only classical treatise on architecture that has survived from antiquity – De architectura (c. 25 BC) by the Roman architect Vitruvius – names only four orders, most architectural historians list five: the Tuscan, the Doric, the Ionic, the Corinthian and the composite order.
The exhibition is based on 30 loans from Sir John Soane’s Museum.
The curators of the exhibition are Louise Stewart (Sir John Soane’s Museum) and Nadejda Bartels (Museum of Architectural Drawing).
Sir John Soane’s Museum
Sir John Soane’s former home at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London has been a museum since the early 19th century. Designed by the renowned architect, the building houses his world-famous collection of paintings, sculptures, art objects and models and is original in its furnishings and design as it was at the time of Soane’s death in 1837. Today, the museum provides access to Soane’s legacy in its broadest sense: architecture and design, creative originality, education and outreach, and connections between the past and present that the museum and its collection reveal.
Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing
The Tchoban Foundation Museum of Architectural Drawing was built in 2013 on the site of the former Pfefferberg brewery. The foundation was established back in 2009 by architect Sergei Tchoban with the aim of promoting the art of architectural drawing.
The Museum of Architectural Drawing shows three exhibitions a year, with works from its own collection as well as loan exhibitions from international partner institutions, including renowned museums such as Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, the Albertina in Vienna, the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the DAM in Frankfurt am Main.
Vernissage: Wednesday, 21 September 2022 at 7:00 pm
Exhibition dates: Thursday 22 September 2022 – Sunday 15 January 2023
6 euros, reduced: 4 euros
Tchoban Foundation. Museum für Architekturzeichnung