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Drawing Matter

Strategic Partner

Drawing Matter is grounded in a collection of drawings, dating from the Renaissance to today. Works within the collection are often included in public display as a result of Drawing Matter’s on-going collaborations with international museums, archives, exhibition spaces and educational institutions. The collection is also made widely visible through publication, research workshops, a dedicated website, and recently through two large-scale exhibitions: This Was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953–1957 (the Swiss Architecture Museum) and Land Marks: Structures for a Poetic Universe (Hauser & Wirth).

Drawing Matter contributes to teaching and research initiatives on questions of architectural representation at the London School of Architecture, the Cass, Architectural Association, Courtauld Institute of Art, Central Saint Martin’s and the RIBA. Beginning with the drawing itself, our interest is in architectural drawings that fall under the rubric of architecture and prompt us to think again: about the practice of drawing, about the intentions and conventions created by drawings, about the real and imaginary architectures they produce; what drawings might be ‘for’ and what the designer’s hand might be showing, or doing, that the building cannot.

Study drawing for geodesic sphere by Buckminster Fuller (1975)