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Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess - Public Lecture Series

Sir John Soane's Museum

Monday, 10 March 2014 at 18:00 - Monday, 19 May 2014 at 19:30 (GMT)

London, United Kingdom

Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess - Public Lecture Series

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Visualising Design Ideas - 10 March 2014 Ended £15.00 £0.00
Using Objects as Evidence of Themselves - 18 March 2014 Ended £15.00 £0.00
Casts, Copies and the Dissemination of Design Ideas - 19 May 2014 Ended £15.00 £0.00

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Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess Public Lecture Series 2014 

Design, replication and materiality are three of the themes explored in the Soane’s forthcoming exhibition Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess, 7 March – 31 May 2014, which has been organised with Factum Arte, Madrid. As part of our programme of events, three panel discussions, involving architects, designers, artists and academics, will look at how different disciplines approach these issues and what they might tell us about architectural and design practice in the past and how it has evolved today.   


Visualising Design Ideas - 10 March 2014

Taking Piranesi’s prints and Sir John Soane’s architectural drawings and models as a point of historical reference, this discussion will look at how contemporary architects and designers utilise various production methods and strategies in the design process.

Speakers:

Michele de Lucchi, architect and designer

Ross Lovegrove architect and designer

Adam Lowe, Director of Factum Arte, Madrid

Chair: Abraham Thomas, Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum

 

Using Objects as Evidence of Themselves - 18 March 2014

How should material expressions of design be interpreted? How does an object inform us of its cultural or historical point of origin? This discussion will focus on the different approaches used to analyse an object’s design.

Speakers:

Jerry Brotton, academic

Lisa Jardine, academic

Grayson Perry, artist

Chair: Abraham Thomas, Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum


Casts, Copies and the Dissemination of Design Ideas - 19 May 2014

Sir John Soane used plaster casts along with 1:1 scale architectural fragments as important teaching tools within his Museum. What potential does the process of copying offer today’s designers? How can we intelligently and creatively deal with intellectual property issues? Join us as we examine how “the copy” has been used to recycle and blend ideas from the past, and the intriguing possibilities offered by contemporary technologies.

Speakers:

Adriano Aymonino, academic

Simon Fujiwara, artist

Sam Jacob, architect, writer and curator

Chair: Abraham Thomas, Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum


All discussions will begin at 6pm and take place at the Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3PE

For more information on the exhibition please visit: 

http://www.soane.org/exhibitions/diverse-maniere-piranesi-as-designer-21-february-24-may-2014

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When & Where


Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
WC2A 3PE London
United Kingdom

Monday, 10 March 2014 at 18:00 - Monday, 19 May 2014 at 19:30 (GMT)


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Sir John Soane's Museum

Soane was born in 1753, the son of a bricklayer, and died after a long and distinguished career, in 1837. Soane worked in the offices of George Dance (from 1768 to 1772) and Henry Holland (from 1772 to 1778), before establishing his own architectural practice.

John Soane studied architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts, London and won the Academy's highest accolade, a three-year Travelling Scholarship. The Grand Tour changed his life forever. 

Soane designed this house to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and his works of art. Here you will discover Egyptian antiquities, fragments of Greek and Roman architecture and friezes, cinerary urns, sarcophagus reliefs, and plaster casts, cork architectural models, classical bronzes, terracottas, vases and mosaics. 

After the death of his wife (1815), he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections. Having been deeply disappointed by the conduct of his two sons, one of whom survived him, he determined to establish the house as a museum to which ‘amateurs and students’ should have access.  Soane left his house and collections as a gift to the nation, through an act of parliament.  When you enter, you will be transported back to 1837, the year Soane died.

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