Richard Rogers: Inside Out



Royal Academy of Arts Burlington Gardens

Until Sun Oct 13 2013

Piano + Rogers, 'Pompidou Centre, Paris', 1971-77

Piano + Rogers, 'Pompidou Centre, Paris', 1971-77 © Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Photo: © David Noble. Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

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Curated London

Colourful, cacophonous and a little bewildering - criticism applied to many of Lord Rogers’ buildings, and also (by me) to this retrospective of his life’s work. The Royal Academy has used their new gallery space at Burlington Gardens to display a vast collection of scale models, drawings, prototypes and memorabilia. While a fascinating treasure trove of insights into Rogers’ remarkable mind, the muddled interpretation and lack of order or thematic grouping leaves the viewer a little bamboozled. And, while two rooms are packed to the rafters with content, others are sparse to the point of seeming unfinished. Fans of this creative genius won’t be disappointed, but the curation leaves a lot to be desired. For more from me, check out | @curatedlondon