As well as featuring in our regular free exhibitions at 66 Portland Place and the V&A, the RIBA Collections are frequently loaned around the world, for major exhibitions at some of the best-known museums. Here are some of the current and forthcoming exhibitions.
Current and forthcoming exhibitions
Fantasy to Fabrication: 19th century Design Exhibition at Mount Stuart
25 May to 30 October 2022
This exhibition celebrates the imagination, eclecticism, and creative process of acclaimed 19th century designers William Burges, Horatio Walter Lonsdale, Robert Weir Schultz, Sir Robert Lorimer and William Morris. Among spectacular examples of jewellery, furniture, watercolours, books, stained glass, silver and other metalwork is a sketchbook compiled by William Burges from the RIBA Collections.
'Raphael' - National Gallery, London, UK
8 April to 31 July 2022
One of the real treasures of the RIBA Collections featured in this exhibition: a drawing by the Italian High Renaissance legend Raphael, from c.1510. This drawing of the Pantheon is said to have been bought by the architect Inigo Jones while on his travels in Italy between 1613-1614, and has been in our collections since 1894.
'The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947–1985', MoMA, New York, USA
20 February to 2 July 2022
In the decades that followed the Partition of 1947, newly independent India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka turned to modern architecture as a means of proclaiming autonomy, articulating national identities, and enacting social progress. Focusing on work conceived and realised by local architects, designers, and planners, this exhibition included 8 drawings and an architectural model from our collections by Charles Correa.
'La Fabbrica del Rinascimento' - Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza, Italy
11 December 2021 to 8 May 2022
This exhibition focused on the artists' workshops of 16th century Vicenza, where painters, sculptors and architects plied their craft. Among them was Andrea Palladio, three of whose drawings from the RIBA Collections featured in the exhibition, including elevation drawings for Palazzo Portoa, Vicenza, and Church of the Redentore, Venice.
'GOTH: Designing Darkness' - Design Museum Den Bosch, Netherlands
16 October 2021 to 18 April 2022
Three drawings from the RIBA Collections featured in this exhibition about "the world's biggest subculture". Among them was an 1845 drawing by Charles Barry for one of the UK's best-known buildings, the Houses of Parliament, as well as two unpublished 1791 illustrations from Horace Walpole's 'The Castle of Otranto'.
'Shaping Space: Architectural Models Revealed' - The Building Centre, London, UK
24 September 2021 to 28 January 2022
Shaping Space presented the world in miniature; a collection of historical and contemporary models that reveal the evolution of architecture. Among them was a 1961 model for Eveline Lowe Primary School, Southwark, London, from the RIBA Collections.
'Hidden Horizontal: Cornices in Art and Architecture' - ETH Zürich, Switzerland
25 August to 14 November 2021
This exhibition on the cornice, one of the most ubiquitous but under-discussed architectural features, included a 1796 drawing by Joseph Michael Gandy of an entablature at the Temple of Jupiter Tonans, Rome, from the RIBA Collections.
'British Baroque: Power and Illusion' - Tate Britain, London, UK
February to April 2020
If you were lucky enough to catch this exhibition before it closed early due to the pandemic, you'll have glimpsed two works from the RIBA Collections among pieces by the leading artists of the day. This Tate Britain show explored the magnificence of art and architecture as an expression of status and influence during the later 17th century. From our collections, a 1600s sketch by James Thornhill for an Italian style staircase decorative scheme is on display alongside arguably the most important surviving 17th century English architectural model for a country house: Nicholas Hawksmoor's Easton Neston in Northamptonshire.
'Art Deco by the Sea' - Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK
October 2020 to February 2021
Art Deco by the Sea explored how the Art Deco style shaped the modern seaside during the 1920s and 30s. Among the show's 130 exhibits were original photographs from the RIBA Collections by John Maltby, Sydney W. Newbury and Arthur George, showing iconic seafront buildings like Iles Leathart & Granger's 'Dreamland' amusement park in Margate. There was also the chance to see original drawings from the RIBA Collections for Oliver Cox's seafront hotel designs and Dalgleish & Pullen's Marine Court, St Leonards-on-Sea. The show was originally at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich, before touring to Newcastle.
Curating an exhibition? Search our online catalogue to find RIBA Collections material for your show, or get in touch for information about loans.