Northern Vision: Master drawings from the Tchoban Foundation

Architectural drawings reflect the distinctive and historical cityscapes of Berlin and St Petersburg.

Boris Iofan, Draft Design for the Palace of the Soviets, 1931-33 Courtesy Sir John Soane's Museum/Tchoban Foundation

Boris Iofan, Draft Design for the Palace of the Soviets, 1931-33

In the first of a series of collaborations, Sir John Soane’s Museum (the first museum of architecture in the world) is showing a selection of the highlights from the newest architectural museum in Europe - Berlin’s Tchoban Foundation, Museum für Architekturzeichnung.

The exhibition will focus on works by architects rarely seen in British collections, mainly by German and Russian draughtsmen, emphasising the strong cultural and historical links between these two countries. The drawings, which form part of the collection of the Berlin-based Russian Architect Sergei Tchoban, range in date from the late 16th century to modernist work. 

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Included in the exhibition will be the earliest known drawing by the great German neo-classicist Karl Friderich Schinkel, a gloriously baroque design by Matthias Daniel Pöppelmann (the architect of Dresden’s Zwinger Palace) for an orangerie in the grounds of the Peterswaldsky von Peterswald Palace in Silesia, and a monumental drawing by Leo von Klenze, dating to 1845/6, of the his first design for the imposing Propylaea (or gateway) in Munich.

The more recent (and more problematic) history of architecture in Germany is illustrated by a design by Herman Geisler that formed part of his proposals to rebuild the Austrian city of Linz as Hitler’s ‘city of culture’.


Venue details

Sir John Soane's Museum 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields London WC2A 3BP 020 7405 2107 www.soane.org

Entry details

Free admission

Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

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