Would you pass up the opportunity to own a mini masterpiece by a contemporary creative genius? Nor would we. Such is the proposition of the latest exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum.
‘Inspired by Soane: I Found This and Thought of You’ will gather and exhibit postcard-sized artworks from some of the most famous names around; from Zaha Hadid to Ross Lovegrove, Paul Smith, Antony Gormley, Manolo Blanik, Christopher Bailey, and even broadcaster Jon Snow. Most notable perhaps though, is the work of the late American architect Michael Graves, who completed his drawing before his death earlier this year.
The famous artists, architects, designers and cartoonists were all inspired by 100 objects from the museum’s collection - including some pieces that aren’t normally on public display - as well as the iconic building itself. The resulting miniature works of art are now on display at what is widely considered one of London’s best-known secret treasures, and will be raffled off on 26 June.
To enter the raffle, museum-goers can pledge a donation (£350 minimum) for specific works. Each donation (up to the value of £50,000) will be matched by the Leon Levy Foundation. Funds raised will go towards making the museum’s extensive drawing collection more widely accessible to the public by making them digitally available.
The exhibition and raffle coincide with the opening of the private apartments of the museum, following a £7m investment and big conservation and restoration project by London architect Caruso St John and Julian Harrap.