An exhibition from the Drawing Matter collection, with additional loans from selected architects, Opening Lines is dedicated to the architectural sketchbook, in practice and on display.
The exhibition presents a variety of sketchbook and sketch practices by architects whose built work has been largely formed through drawing by hand on paper. In parallel, it explores the parameters of displaying sketchbooks, considering how an object intended to be held and leafed through can be presented within the requirements of a museum setting. The project therefore considers the content and materiality of sketchbooks both within an architect’s oeuvre, and in the context of institutional display.
The sketchbooks represented are the work of Hans Poelzig, Le Corbusier, Alberto Ponis, Adolfo Natalini/Superstudio, Álvaro Siza, Tony Fretton, Marie-José Van Hee, Peter Märkli, Níall McLaughlin and Riet Eeckhout. The sketchbook practices range from impromptu sketches in a pocket-sized format to the transformation of the sketchbook on the drawing board, and from the systematic sketching of details in numbered volumes to the complete replacement of the bound book by a simple folded sheet carried on site.
The exhibition features around 80 drawings and 140 sketchbooks, both bound and
disbound, and employs film and audio interviews, virtual and analogue facsimiles to
display each individual’s practice.
It is curated by Dr Tina di Carlo and Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner, with Niall Hobhouse.
The exhibition is accompanied by four monographic publications:
Seven Early Sketchbooks, Álvaro Siza
Sketchbook 12 and the Continuous Monument, Adolfo Natalini
The Lisson Gallery Sketchbooks, Tony Fretton
Sketchbooks – A Parallel Life, Níall McLaughlin
Plus an iBook: Chandigarh Punjab Grille Capitol, Le Corbusier