Past Exhibitions

Will Alsop at the Soane: Beauty, Joy & The Real

'In dreams begin responsibilities'

W B Yeats, After an Old Song

An Exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum from March 28 from June 8 2002

Sir John Soane’s Museum is pleased to announce an exhibition exploring the work of the British architect Will Alsop. In recent years Alsop has acquired a reputation for innovative design, winning the 2001 Stirling Prize for Peckham Library, south London. As with previous exhibitions covering the work of Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind, the installation spills-out of the purpose-built gallery into the interiors of the Soane Museum itself.

This exhibition concentrates on the creative process behind Alsop’s work, a process in which art plays a crucial role. Alsop’s designs begin life as artistic expressions, whether splashes of colour on paper and canvas, collages or, increasingly, computer generated art works. This unique working method is captured in a remarkable series of sketchbooks which will form the core of the installation in the Soane Gallery.

In addition to the ‘concept’ sketchbooks, the exhibition includes models and two video installations looking at some of the themes behind Alsop’s work and explaining how moving images are part of the architect’s creative process. There is also an exciting splash of colour in the Museum’s Monument Court where Alsop has designed a hanging, inscribed sculpture.

Catalogue available from Museum shop