Current Exhibition

Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess, 7 March - 31 May 2014

Sir John Soanes’ Museum has one of the richest holdings of graphic work by Piranesi and this exhibition continues the exploration of Soane’s interest in Piranesi. Diverse Maniere will focus upon Piranesi’s engagement with the decorative arts. The displays will consist of meticulous three dimensional reproductions of the objects, such as coffee pots, chairs, chimneypieces and antique candelabra, tripods and altars imagined by Piranesi in such publication as Diverse Maniere or Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi etc…, but never actually realised physically. Now using the latest scanning and 3 dimensional printing technologies Factum Arte has realised Piranesi’s vision as a designer. Bronze Tripods, porphyry altars and marble candelabra will embellish the rooms of No 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, whilst in the Soane Gallery a display of Piranesi’s related etchings and explication of Factum Arte’s work will accompany the show. Surely, Sir John Soane, with his love of new technologies, his collections of plaster ‘reproductions’ after the antique, and his fascination with Piranesi’s boundless imagination would find this a particularly appropriate exhibition.


A fully illustrated catalogue 'Diverse Maniere: Piranesi Fantasy & Excess' accompanies the exhibition and features images of the exhibition's displays of three dimensional reproductions with details on how each has been created. It can be purchased from the Soane Shop or online.


The Soane Shop

An exclusive range of Piranesi-inspired gifts, cards and prints also accompanies the exhibition and can be purchased from the Soane Shop or online.


'Fantasty & Excess' Public Talks Series

As part of our programme of events, three panel discussions, involving architects, designers, artists and academics, will look at how different disciplines approach these issues and what they might tell us about architectural and design practice in the past and how it has evolved today.

All talks will begin at 6pm and take place at the Royal College of Surgeons, WC2A 3PE.


Visualising Design Ideas - 10 March 2014

Speakers: Michele de Lucchi, Ross Lovegrove and Adam Lowe

Using Objects as Evidence of Themselves - 18 March 2014

Speakers: Jerry Brotton, Lisa Jardine and Grayson Perry

Casts, Copies & the Dissemination of Design Ideas - 19 May 2014

Speakers: Adriano Aymonino, Simon Fujiwara and Sam Jacob


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