A Civic Utopia: Architecture and the City in France, 1765-1837 - The Courtauld Institute of Art

A Civic Utopia: Architecture and the City in France, 1765-1837

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The Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery

A Civic Utopia: Architecture and the City in France, 1765-1837

8 October 2016 - 8 January 2017

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Georges Michel (1763-1843), Place and Barriere de la Nation, Paris (recto and verso)

Georges Michel (1763-1843), Place and Barriere de la Nation, Paris

This exhibition considers the place of architecture in establishing the notion of public life. It brings together an outstanding selection of architectural drawings of public building and public space in France that pursued the Enlightenment idea of a ‘scientific’ city, expressing rational, hygienic and symbolic expressions of an ideal civic life.

Focusing on the spaces of everyday life rather than grand and largely unbuilt urban schemes, the display will feature drawings for a wide range of new public buildings and settings, including city markets, exchange halls, prisons, parks, abattoirs, hospitals and cemeteries.

This exhibition is organised by Drawing Matter Trust in collaboration with The Courtauld Gallery as part of UTOPIA 2016: A Year of Imagination and PossibilitySomerset House’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia. It is curated by Nicholas Olsberg and Basile Baudez

 

Included in your admission ticket for the Gallery.

If you wish to see this display, please select a date between 8 October 2016 and 8 January 2017 when booking tickets.

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