As well as featuring in our regular free exhibitions at 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 they've journeyed to in 2020.
British Baroque: Power and Illusion, Tate Britain, London
4 February to 19 April 2020 - CLOSED
If you were lucky enough to catch this exhibition before it unfortunately closed early due to the coronavirus, 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, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich
9 February to 20 September 2020 - EXTENDED
Art Deco by the Sea explores how the Art Deco style shaped the modern seaside during the 1920s and 30s. Among the show's 130 exhibits are 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. You'll also find original drawings for Oliver Cox's seafront hotel designs and Dalgleish & Pullen's Marine Court, St Leonards-on-Sea. After closing in Norwich, the show travels to the Laing Gallery in Newcastle from October.
Raphael, Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome
2 June 2020 to 30 August - REOPENED
With Italy's museums opening their doors again, visitors get 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 now features in the Scuderie del Quirinale's major Raphael exhibition. After closing in Rome the exhibition is scheduled to tour to the National Gallery, with dates to be confirmed.