On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of The Royal Academy of Arts, the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries in Burlington Gardens inaugurate its programme with the exhibition The Art of Making Buildings, showcasing for the first time since 1989 an extensive overview of internationally renowned architect and Honorary Royal Academician Renzo Piano‘s career. The show traces an itinerary through the architect’s practice, presenting sixteen main projects from his career and ranging from his early years to the present day. Highlights of the exhibition are some of his most significative buildings such as Centre Pompidou, Paris (1971), Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Nouméa (1998), The New York Times Building (2007), The Shard, London (2012), Jérôme Seydoux Pathé Foundation, Paris (2014) and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015), presented through archival models, photographies and drawings. The central piece of the show is an installation designed by RPBW especially for the exhibition, bringing together 100 of Piano’s projects on an imaginary island.
The show features as well a series of photographies by the renowned artist Gianni Berengo Gardin and a commissioned video by Thomas Riedelsheimer, both documenting Piano at work.