Inspired by Soane
I found this and thought of you…
at Sir John Soane’s Museum
until 6th June 2015
The Soane Museum is having a big week – as well as the opening of the newly restored private apartments, the Soane has opened a new free exhibition, Inspired by Soane: I found this and thought of you…
Christopher Bailey’s postcard
A star-studded group of individuals, from every branch of the creative world, were asked to create imaginative postcard artworks inspired by a selection of 100 objects from the Museum’s collection. The result is over 140 unique, beautiful and highly creative pieces, in a variety of artistic mediums from paintings, photographs and collages, to sculpture, metalwork and ceramics.
Fashion designers Manolo Blahnik, Christopher Bailey, and Paul Smith, artists Maggi Hambling and Antony Gormley, architect Zaha Hadid, and presenter Jon Snow are among the creative people that have contributed.
Zaha Hadid’s postcard
The postcards are all on display at the Museum, and each of these original artworks will be available to win in a raffle that will help raise funds for the Museum. The money raised will go towards digitising 18,000 items in the Museum’s drawings collection, ensuring that they are available online to be accessed by audiences around the world.
For a chance to win one of the postcards in the exhibition, a minimum donation of £350 – which will be matched £ for £ by the Leon Levy Foundation – will enter you into the draw for one of the pieces. Tickets will be drawn at random to determine the winners of each postcard, shortly after the exhibition closes. For more information on how to get involved visit www.soane.org/exhibitions/inspired-by-soane
One of the most notable artworks in the exhibition is by the esteemed American architect Michael Graves, who passed away this year. This postcard was the last painting he created in his lifetime, and will be auctioned separately to the raffle, by the US-based Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation – of which he was a member of the advisory board.
Michael Graves’s postcard
Other highlights include pieces by esteemed architects Sir Peter Cook and Will Alsop OBE – winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize – leading artists Elmgreen and Dragset, political cartoonist Rupert Redway, and Canadian designer and sculptor Omer Arbel.
Inspired by Soane is an inventive and charming exhibition. It’s fascinating to see these mini-artworks from a bunch of very gifted people, often displaying a different side to their creativity than that we are accustomed to seeing from them.
And it’s a wonderful way to support the Soane Museum which is one of London’s most delightful and idiosyncratic museums (and a personal favourite of The London Artphile)
Exhibition open until 6th June 2015
Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm.
Last entry 4:30pm
Sir John Soane’s Museum
13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3BP