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 exhibitions where they're on display or coming soon.
Current and forthcoming exhibitions
Shaping Space: Architectural Models Revealed - The Building Centre, London, UK
24 September 2021 to 28 January 2022
Shaping Space presents the world in miniature; a collection of historical and contemporary models that reveal the evolution of architecture. Among them is a 1961 model for Eveline Lowe Primary School, Southwark, London, from the RIBA Collections.
GOTH: Designing Darkness - Design Museum Den Bosch, Netherlands
16 October 2021 to 18 April 2022
Three drawings from the RIBA Collections feature in this exhibition about the world's biggest subculture. Among them is an 1845 drawing by Charles Barry for one of the UK's best-known buildings, the Houses of Parliament. You'll also find two unpublished 1791 illustrations from Horace Walpole's 'The Castle of Otranto'.
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
February to April 2020
If you were lucky enough to catch this exhibition before it, unfortunately, 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.
Raphael, Scuderie del Quirinale - Rome
June to August 2020
As Italy's museums reopened their doors, visitors got a chance to see one of the real treasures of the RIBA Collections: 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 in 1613-14. It's been in our collections since 1894, and featured in the Scuderie del Quirinale's major Raphael exhibition.
Art Deco by the Sea - Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
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.