Sir John Sloane's Museum : Marking the line: Ceramics and Architecture

Artists celebrate the classical and the contemporary at Sir John Soane's Museum

Sharp contrasts between the classical and the contemporary will stop visitors in their tracks at Sir John Soane's Museum next spring. Soane-inspired installations from four leading ceramic artists will go on show in the architect's own home, No. 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, before moving to two historic Soane country houses, Port Eliot in Cornwall and Pitzhanger Manor, Ealing.

Ceramicists Nicholas Rena, Carina Ciscato, Clare Twomey and Christie Brown will juxtapose modern works of art with the Museum's remarkable interiors and collections in a ground-breaking exhibition - Marking the Line: Ceramics and Architecture - challenging where and how we view ancient and modern works of art.

The shock of the new, against historical, domestic backdrops, will invite us to question our approach to the functional and the artistic, and pull us into parallel universes.

Nicholas Rena's smooth, ergonomic, symbolic creations, in strong yellows, oranges and reds contrast sharply with the Museum's tawny, timeless patina, whilst the unflinching gaze of Christie Brown's interpretation of Soane's family portraits as ceramic busts brings the worlds of archaeology and psychoanalysis into closer proximity.

Soane's small but significant collection of pre-Columbian pottery provides a provocative foil to Brazilian potter Carina Ciscato's beautiful ceramic vessels, which not only fulfil a function but respond to specific architectural details in the environment where they find themselves. Clare Twomey's 'Everyman's dream' enveloped in one thousand golden bowls, each with a quotation depicting the legacy one man wishes to leave creates a world within a world: 

Soane's legacy to the nation and the legacy of a thousand men in response to Soane, challenging prescribed views of what concepts can be realised in a Museum.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery, through Arts Council England, as well as private benefactors, Marking the Line will engage and inspire communities as well as lovers of art and architecture.
Venues will play host to innovative educational workshops throughout the exhibition's tour - from 8 March to 22 September 2013 - run in conjunction with supporting partners.
The Prince's Trust XL programme will be inviting young people aged 13 - 19, at risk of exclusion and under-achievement, to join sessions ranging from supervised handling sessions to art workshops alongside schools, Sir John Soane's Young Architects Club and university students studying curating.
A symposium featuring high profile speakers will also take place at Somerset House (26 March 2013) for Architects, Curators and Makers to discuss the boundaries and similarities of their work in a dynamic debating forum. Eric Parry is the keynote speaker, with Chicago- based architect and designer Suzanne Lovell contributing, amongst others.

About Sir John Soane's Museum
The architect Sir John Soane's house, museum and library at No.13 Lincoln's Inn Fields has been a public museum since the early 19th century. On his appointment as Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy in 1806 Soane (1753-1837) began to arrange his collected books, classical antiquities, casts and models so that students of architecture might benefit from access to them. In 1833 he negotiated an Act of Parliament to preserve the house and collection after his death for the benefit of Ďamateurs and students' in architecture, painting and sculpture. Today Sir John Soane's Museum is one of the country's most unusual and significant museums with a continuing and developing commitment to education and creative inspiration.