Adam Nathanel Furman: The Roman Singularity




Tuesday to Saturday, 10am–5pm

Free Event



Sir John Soane’s Museum presents ‘The Roman Singularity’ by architectural designer Adam Nathaniel Furman – a city of 3D-printed models celebrating Rome as the pilgrimage site for the world’s imagination, alongside a new site-specific work created by Furman especially for the Museum.

'The Roman Singularity' explores Rome as the spatial equivalent of the internet, a place in which all of history, art and style is simultaneous and coextensive, merging into one a-historical and liberating atmosphere of storied objects.

Created by Furman for the UK Rome Prize for Architecture 2014–15, while living at the British School at Rome, the project involved unearthing and writing stories about various architectures within the metropolis, as well as architectures elsewhere that were inspired by the city, and souvenirs from it that were exported during the grand tour. New designs were created for each of these, with each being given its own fictional/historical tale.

Walks around the city were compressed into hand drawn Capriccios, and in turn the forms that coalesced in these architectural dalliances were used to create miniature buildings that encapsulated each of the stories, carefully fabricated out of ceramics using a combination of 3D printing and hand crafting. Together they form souvenirs of a contemporary architect’s grand tour, and create an imaginary Roman City in ceramics.

Exhibited alongside The Roman Singular will be a new work: Pasteeshio – a sculpture that picks up on Soane's creative accumulation of historically resonant fragments into larger, evocative compositions.

Sir John Soane's Museum

Sir John Soane’s house, museum and library at No.13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields has been a public museum since the early nineteenth century. It’s an intimate, atmospheric place, designed by Soane himself, and filled with his exceptional collection of famous artworks, sculptures, furniture and artefacts.

On his appointment as Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy in 1806, Soane (1753-1837) began to arrange his books, classical antiquities, casts and models so that students of architecture might benefit from access to them. In 1833 he negotiated an Act of Parliament to preserve the house and collection after his death for the benefit of ‘amateurs and students’ in architecture, painting and sculpture.

Today Sir John Soane’s Museum is one of the country’s most unusual and significant museums with a continuing and developing commitment to education and creative inspiration.

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