Saturday19 August 2017

RA names curators of Summer Exhibition architecture gallery

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Pair to reveal details of their theme in April

Louisa Hutton and Ian Ritchie are to co-curate the architecture room at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition this year.

The overall co-ordinator of the show, the world’s largest open submission exhibition is the sculptor Richard Wilson.

Hutton, who co-founded Sauerbruch Hutton in 1989 after working with the Smithsons, has been a Cabe commissioner, a tutor at the AA and a visiting professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She was elected to the RA in March 2014.

Ritchie, who founded Ian Ritchie Architects in 1981 after a stint at Foster & Partners, curated the architecture gallery solo last year. He has been an Academician since 1998.

Details of the theme chosen by Hutton and Ritchie for their room will be announced in April along with the person who will be giving the annual architecture lecture. Last year this was delivered by BIG founder Bjarke Ingels.

Wilson said: “The Summer Exhibition 2016 will be unpredictable, stimulating, and enjoyable with 10 startling rooms of contemporary art submitted from around the world by members, non-members and honorary invitees.

“Each of the rooms will be hung by a member of the committee, resulting in themes of free speculation, practice or technique. It cannot be over-emphasised that profits from the exhibition will go towards funding the postgraduate programme at the RA Schools.”



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