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 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 Gallery, Newcastle
17 October 2020 - 27 February 2021
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. There's 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.
Raphael, Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome
2 June 2020 to 30 August - CLOSED
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 recently featured in the Scuderie del Quirinale's major Raphael exhibition. The exhibition is scheduled to tour to the National Gallery in 2022.