Friday, 25 April 2014

Interview with the Curator of Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess at Sir John Soane’s Museum

Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess
Sir John Soane’s Museum
7 March – 31 May 2014

Sir John Soane’s Museum was conceived as a place of inspiration, learning and provocation for “amateurs and students” working within the field of architecture. The current exhibition, Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess, more than responds to this remit. Curator Jerzy Kierkuć-Bieliński speaks to Studio International about some of his favourite pieces on display, including a coffee pot shaped like a shell, standing on a tortoise; a decadent golden chair with swans’ neck arm rests; and a tripod with a helix spiral seeming to foresee the discovery of DNA. The items, never realised during Piranese’s lifetime, have been scanned from his often minute designs and 3D printed by a Madrid based company called Factum Arte, who have then carefully hand-finished the pieces in the materials Piranese would have intended.

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