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‘Exhibition’ (15) and Q&A with Joanna Hogg

Film screening


Friday 26 October 2018
6.30 — 9pm

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Film still from 'Exhibition', Joanna Hogg, 2013

A screening of Joanna Hogg’s film ‘Exhibition’ (2013) alongside a talk with the director and Charlotte Skene-Catling examining the role domestic architecture plays in shaping the lives of its occupants.

To mark the launch of the Royal Academy’s new film programme and the opening of Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) by Cornelia Parker RA in the RA’s Annenberg Courtyard, we have joined forces with MUBI to curate a programme of screenings and talks examining the psychological associations of architecture through the lens of film.

In the early 1990’s, film director Joanna Hogg met architect James Melvin. She visited the house in Kensington he had designed in 1969 for himself and his wife, after their children had left home. The warmth and sensuality of the mid-century Modernist house captured Hogg’s attention and was the set of her third feature film, Exhibition (2013). It became a silent character, playing a pivotal role in the relationship between the main characters – a married couple performed by Viv Albertine and Liam Gillick. The film explores the intricacies of marriage as the artist couples’ living and working patterns are disrupted by the imminent sale of the dream home where they have lived for two decades. They begin a process of saying goodbye to their shared dreams, memories, and fears, all imprinted on their home.

The house was refurbished in 1995 by Berlin-based practice Sauerbruch Hutton, co-founded by architect Louisa Hutton RA, who added the distinctive bright colours in key locations, which in Hogg’s words added to the theatricality and sensuality of the space in the film.

The screening will be followed by a talk with director Joanna Hogg and Charlotte Skene-Catling, architect and co-director of the London Architecture Film Festival, exploring the psychological associations of the house where the film was set and the role it plays as a container shaping the physical and emotional lives of the occupants.

Director: Joanna Hogg
Running Time: 105 min
Language: English
Certificate: 15+
Release: 2013

Organised in partnership with MUBI

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Friday 26 October 2018

6.30 — 9pm

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

£15, £9 concessions