28 Feb 2015 - 27 Mar 2015
Jan Kaplický: Drawings
Jan Kaplický Drawings presents work by the Czech architect Jan Kaplický (1937-2009) – a visionary designer with a passion for drawing as a means of discovering, describing and constructing. Through drawing he presented beguiling architectural imagery of the highest order.
The earliest projects date from the early 1970s when, for
Kaplický, drawing was essentially a speculative pursuit. Whilst his days were
spent working for other architects, during evenings and weekends he designed
and drew at home. His architecture at this time was the plan and the finely
detailed cross-section. Never satisfied, he constantly developed and honed his
graphic language, perfecting the technique of the cutaway isometric which
became his trademark.
In 1979 Kaplický founded Future Systems with David Nixon. Clients included NASA, for whom they produced design studies for the International Space Station. Ten years later a new partnership with Amanda Levete prompted Future Systems to build – and with building came a new creative discipline. The Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground, winner of the 1999 Stirling Prize, was the last project that Kaplický drew entirely by hand. From then on, formal drawings were done with computers by others and he took delight in sketching.
Kaplický was one of the world’s last great architectural and artistic draughtsmen, upholding a heritage that has its roots in the early Renaissance. If this remarkable body of work has one central message, it is that drawing as an art and a discipline must not be forgotten.
Curated by David Jenkins
Exhibition design by AL_A
Organised by Architectural Association School of Architecture and supported by The Kaplický Centre, Czech Centre, Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová and City Hall of Prague
Front Members' Room, Architectural Association School of Architecture, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES
From: 28 Feb 2015
To: 27 Mar 2015
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event