Renzo Piano:The Art of Making Buildings - Closed


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From The Shard in London to the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the buildings of Renzo Piano have enriched cities across the globe. United by a characteristic sense of lightness, and an interplay between tradition and invention, function and context, they soar in the public imagination as they do in our skylines.

This illuminating exhibition, at the recently transformed Royal Academy of Arts, reveals the vision behind one of the greatest architects of our times, following his career from his Genoese heritage and his rise to acclaim alongside friend and collaborator Richard Rogers, to current projects still in the making.

Designed and curated in close collaboration with Piano himself, and bringing together rarely seen drawings, models and signature full-scale mock-ups, this is the first of the RA’s annual exhibitions dedicated to showing inspiring architecture.

Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in collaboration with Renzo Piano Building Workshop and the Fondazione Renzo Piano.

Image credit: Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Centro Botín, 2017 Photo © Enrico Cano

Images adapted from: The Shard, London 2000-12. © Chris Martin. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2007-15. Image courtesy of RPBW. © Whitney Museum of American Art. Photography: Timothy Schenck