1 January - 31 December 2023
no booking required
Spencer de Grey RA curates a kaleidoscopic display of current architectural practice.
Each architect is represented by a small detail from one of their buildings. From the structural to the decorative, from interior details to external façades, the elements show the way today’s architects approach design, the materials they use and the attention to detail within their projects.
This display can be found in the four-metre-wide gap between the back of the original Burlington House and the Main Galleries, which were added in the 19th century. In 1991, Foster + Partners transformed this transitional space with balconies, staircases and a transparent lift to connect the new Sackler Wing of Galleries seamlessly with the RA’s other spaces. It was then that it was first suggested that the space beyond the lift be used to display the Academy’s collection of plaster casts, which can now be seen in the Dorfman Architecture Court.
"I thought that it was very important that we represent the living, current architectural Royal Academicians, so I had the idea of reinventing the plaster cast in a contemporary way", says de Grey.
"The intention was to show contemporary work and to make a connection between the past, the present and hopefully the future."