In 2007, material was on loan to a travelling exhibition on British architect Basil Spence, this saw material from the RIBA reach audiences in Edinburgh, London and Coventry. Other touring exhibitions took drawings from the RIBA to venues in Bilbao, the Netherlands, New York and Toronto.


It Starts From Here

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
11 June – 11 September 2007

The De La Warr Pavilion invited a number of artists and designers to come up with their 'first thoughts' when asked how they might respond to the building. Alongside the proposals were the early drawings of Erich Mendelsohn, the 'first ideas' of the architect who designed the De La Warr Pavilion 75 years ago as well as the first proposals of some great design classics. The RIBA lent seven drawings to the exhibition. 

Design for GPO telephone kiosk number 2

Artist: Sir Giles Gilbert Scott
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections

Back to the Future: Sir Basil Spence, 1906-1976

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Dean Gallery, Edinburgh 
19 October 2007 – 10 February 2008

RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, 
22 February - 22 April 2008

The Herbert, Coventry
20 June - 31 August 2008 

This touring exhibition celebrated the centenary of the birth of Sir Basil Spence, charting the career of one of the most important British architects of the post-war era. The RIBA lent three models and one bust to the exhibition.

Design model for the Sea and Ships Pavilion, Festival of Britain exhibition site

Designer: Basil Spence
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections

Grand Atelier, pathways of art in Europe

Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels
24 September 2007 – 8 January 2008

This exhibition brought together 350 masterpieces from 150 museums for the first time in the biggest collaborative exhibition in the history of Europe. It aimed to trace the artistic cross-fertilisation in European culture from the end of the Roman Empire until the French Revolution. The RIBA lent two books.

Engraved frontispiece and title page of An abridgment of the architecture of Vitruvius

Artist: Johannes Kip
Copyright: RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Piranesi as Designer

Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York
4 September 2007 – 27 January 2008

Teylers Museum, Haarlem
9 February – 18 May 2008

This exhibition examines Piranesi's role in the reform of architecture and design from the 18th century to the present. The RIBA lent three drawings to the exhibition.

Design for the Three per Cent Consols Office, Bank of England

Designer: Sir John Soane
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections

A Passion for Building

Sir John Soane's Museum, London
15 May-3 September 2007

Fairfax House, York
1 March 2008 – 1 June 2008

The RIBA lent two drawings and a volume to this exhibition exploring the great English tradition of the amateur architect.

Design for Wrest Park

Artist: Henry Philip Earl de Grey
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections

Surreal Things

Victoria and Albert Museum, London
5 March – 25 July 2007

Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam
1 September 2007 – 1 January 2008

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
1 March – 1 July 2008

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
9 May - 13 September 2009

This was a major touring exhibition on Surrealism organised by the V&A. The RIBA lent three drawings to the first three legs of the tour and three new objects to the tour, including a photograph with an overdrawn design for the caryatids at the Pantheon, West Dean.

Design model for the incorporation of the facade of the Pantheon into a house

Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections

Memoriae Causa

Palazzo Bomben, Treviso
17 January – 25 March 2007

The RIBA lent a design model for Cimetero Brion, San Vito di Altivole, near Asolo, Treviso by Carlo Scapa for this exhibition on the architect's life and work.

Design model for Cimetero Brion

Designer: Carlo Scarpa
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections


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