Review Round Up: Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings, Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts presents an exhibition examining the career of Renzo Piano and how his work has impacted on the world of architecture. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews….


The Guardian: *** “this respectful exhibition brings home just how experimental the Italian architect’s career has been.”

Culture Whisper: *** “In this densely populated exhibition space, the majesty of Piano’s designs is oft lost. Piano’s oeuvre suffocates in the technical analysis of his creative process. Navigation between tables becomes tedious, and interest wanes rapidly in the austere, library-like atmosphere of the exhibition space. For such a visionary and a man reputed to have rejected the traditions of the Italian Academy in the 60s, it’s a total travesty.”

The Telegraph: *** “Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings – a survey of the career of the 80-year-old Genoese architect responsible for the radical Centre Pompidou in Paris (with Richard Rogers) and London’s Shard – makes as good a fist of mounting an architecture exhibition as I have encountered.”

The Arts Desk: *** ” Architecture is notoriously difficult to present in accessible way and this survey of Italian architect Renzo Piano, who gave London the Shard, does not solve the problem.”

London Visitors: “Architecture is often quite a difficult form to show in art galleries, very often models do not do justice to the large-scale of the actual buildings. However this fascinating exhibition is more concerned in providing some insights into the work, aspirations and achievements of an architect who believes in the many possibilities of architecture.”

Time Out: *** “this exhibition doesn’t bring you close enough to the feeling of being inside one of Piano’s buildings, and it just doesn’t give you enough as an experience to make you forget that.”

Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings is on display at the Royal Academy of Arts until the 20th January 2019. For more information visit:





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