Sir John Soane's Museum
TUE - SAT: 10AM - 5PM (LAST ENTRY 4.30PM)
Part time machine, part treasure trove, Sir John Soane’s Museum was the house of a famous neo-classical architect who, on his death in 1837, bequeathed the building and its extraordinary contents to the public on the condition that it be preserved exactly as he left it.
Soane was an avid collector of books, art and antiquities, including Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, paintings by JMW Turner and Canaletto, the alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I, and thousands of architectural drawings and historical volumes.
As well as Soane’s own collections, the museum hosts a full programme of temporary exhibitions.
CURRENT EXHIBITION: THE ARCHITECTURE DRAWING PRIZE AND OUT OF CHARACTER
Out of Character
Discover architectural ‘characters’ inhabiting Sir John Soane’s Museum in a new project by MUTT for London Design Festival 2018.
In 1812, John Soane wrote Crude Hints towards an History of my House, a strange and perplexing text in which he imagined his home as a ruin centuries in the future, inspected by visitors who speculate on its origins and function.
In particular Soane suggested that visitors might infer the museum to have been inhabited by four characters: a Lawyer, a Monk, a Magician and an Architect.
Over 200 years later, these characters have been brought to life by MUTT as architectural compositions of ornament, colour and form. The four characters have then been installed as ‘inhabitants’ in different locations in the Museum.
The Architecture Drawing Prize
In partnership with Make Architects and the World Architecture Festival, Sir John Soane’s Museum has announced the call for entries for the second edition of The Architecture Drawing Prize, with the project culminating in an exhibition this autumn.
Launched in 2017, the prize is conceived to celebrate and showcase the significance of drawing as a tool in capturing and communicating architectural ideas. It embraces the creative use of digital tools and digitally-produced renderings, while recognising the enduring importance of hand drawing.
This year’s winning and commended entries will be exhibited at the Soane Museum this autumn.
SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM
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