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Curator’s introduction – ‘Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings’


Friday 21 September 2018
11am — 12pm

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Renzo Piano

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The Shard, London 2000-12

© Chris Martin / www.chrismartinphotographer.com. Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in collaboration with Renzo Piano Building Workshop and the Fondazione Renzo Piano

Curator Kate Goodwin introduces the exhibition and talks about the vision behind a show that marks 50 years of Renzo Piano’s career.

Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings provides an overview of the architect’s work and follows his career, from the influence of his Genoese heritage and rise to acclaim alongside Richard Rogers RA, to current projects still in the making.

Focused on 16 key buildings, the exhibition aims to demonstrate how the Renzo Piano Building Workshop designs buildings “piece by piece”, making use of form, material and engineering to achieve a precise, yet poetic, elegance.

The show also provides unique insights into the architect’s processes and rationale, having been designed and curated in close collaboration with Piano himself.

Join us for this morning talk and find out more about how this unprecedented collection of Piano’s work came together.


Kate Goodwin is Head of Architecture and Drue Heinz Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts. She has worked on numerous architecture exhibitions at the RA, including Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings (2018), Peter Cook RA: Floating Ideas (2016) and Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined (2014).

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Friday 21 September 2018

11am — 12pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£10, £6 concessions