Past Exhibitions

Marking the line: Ceramics and Architecture

Artists celebrate the classical and the contemporary at Sir John Soane's Museum

8 March - 27 April 2013

Black Ceramic Sculpture

Claire Twomey, Everyman's Dream, 2013
Photo: Hélène Binet

In an exciting project, four leading ceramic artists will create works inspired by Sir John Soane's house and collections, challenging where and how we view both ancient and modern works of art.  The works will go on show in the architect’s own home, No. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, before moving to two historic Soane country houses, Port Eliot in Cornwall and Pitzhanger Manor, Ealing.

Ceramicists Nicholas Rena, Carina Ciscato, Clare Twomey and Christie Brown will juxtapose modern works of art with the Museum’s remarkable interiors and collections in a ground-breaking exhibition - Marking the Line: Ceramics and Architecture - that will provoke reinterpretations of Soane's own arrangements and domestic architecture.

From Nicholas Rena's smooth, ergonomic creations, to Carina Ciscato’s beautiful ceramic vessels, Christie Brown’s interpretation of Soane’s family portraits as ceramic busts to Clare Twomey’s ‘Everyman’s dream’ enveloped in one thousand golden bowls, these works will provoke the visitor to look again Soane's historic arrangements, as well as highlighting the breadth of contemporary cermics.

Image showing busts arranged on table tops in the museum

Christie Browne, Thwarted Dynasty, 2012.
Photo: Hélène Binet