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In conjunction with Lumière Mystérieuse: Soane and the Architecture of Light, the Soane Museum has commissioned architectural photographer, Hélène Binet, to take three photographs that explore the different ways Sir John Soane used light in his work.

Soane’s use of light is one of the most distinctive aspects of his architecture. He produced complex, multi-layered effects with light and shade by innovatively deploying form and structure and by creatively implementing devices such as top-lighting, mirrors and coloured glass.

Binet’s three photographs explore some of the various effects that Soane achieved through the interaction of these devices. They capture how he manipulated light and shade to shape the mood, feeling and character of space – what Soane called ‘lumière mystérieuse’ – and reveal how these effects endure today.


This exhibition has been made possible as a result of the Government Indemnity Scheme. Sir John Soane’s Museum would like to thank HM Government for providing indemnity and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity.

Event Info

19 Jun 2019 to 08 Sep 2019