Past Exhibitions

Wright to Gehry: Drawings from the Collection of Barbara Pine

An exhibition in the Soane Gallery from 21 April to 27 August 2005

Sponsored by the Conran Foundation and SOANE Ltd*. Media Partner: Blueprint

Sir John Soane's Museum is pleased to announce a new exhibition featuring original works by some of the icons of 20th-century architecture, drawn from one of the world's finest private collections. Wright to Gehry: Drawings from the Collection of Barbara Pine will showcase 60 drawings including works by such luminaries as Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Richard Meier, Michael Graves, Mario Botta, Alvaro Siza, Louis Kahn and Frank Gehry. This is the collection's first appearance in Europe and it is fitting that the Soane Museum, for many years a place of pilgrimage for architects and designers, should host the exhibition.

Barbara Pine is a pioneer collector of architectural drawings, making her first purchases from the architects Richard Meier and Michael Graves in the 1970s. She has since collected works by both architects and furniture designers with a focus on concept and process drawings. These drawings and sketches give a unique glimpse into the creative mind of the author.

About half of the exhibition will be given over to process drawings that reveal the progression of creative ideas. There will be sketches by Mies van der Rohe for the Mountain House and for chairs vividly drawn in green crayon; a Le Corbusier sketch for the Maison du Lac; sketches for furniture by Gio Ponti, Mario Botta, Aldo Rossi and Asplund; Gehry sketches for a cardboard chair and fish and snake lamps and a coloured pencil sketch by Louis Kahn for his Indian Institute at Ahmedabad.

The second part of the collection consists of more finished designs. There are drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Johnson Wax Building; designs by Paolo Soleri for his desert house project 'Arizonian Nest'; a superb Hugh Ferriss rendering of the Municipal Asphalt Plant in New York, and many others.

This exhibition, which will be displayed in chronological sections, represents a rare opportunity to see drawings by the greatest European and American architects of the 20th century as well as presenting an overview of the development of architecture and design throughout the period. And for those intrigued to know how an architect thinks, these drawings will afford a valuable insight. Many of the drawings reveal, in the words of the collector, Barbara Pine, "the essence of an architect's work".

A full catalogue, compiled by Neil Bingham, will accompany the exhibition. The exhibition is curated by Margaret Richardson, who retires as Director of Sir John Soane's Museum at the end of April 2005.

Catalogue available from Museum shop