Álvaro Siza, columns for the Annenberg Courtyard at the Royal Academy (2014), installed at Drawing Matter, Shatwell Farm. Photo Guus Kaandorp

Private Views. The Collection And Its Site

  • Sat 6 July 2019
  • 11.30 am

Join us for a Saturday lunch and conversation with Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC and 6a architects Founding Directors, Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald. The discussion will reflect on the current Hauser & Wirth Somerset exhibition, ‘Unconscious Landscape. Works from the Ursula Hauser Collection’, and explore the relationship of a private collection and its architectural context. The event is in partnership with Drawing Matter, a public forum for examining architectural drawing, not only as an object or means to an end but as an active way of thinking about, expressing and making architecture. Established 25 years ago by Niall Hobhouse, Drawing Matter encompasses both Hobhouse's private collection as well as the educational and curatorial projects of the Drawing Matter Trust. Tickets are £50 including lunch curated by matchett & page in collaboration with Lucas Hollweg, chef and author of Good Things to Eat. This event will start at Hauser & Wirth Somerset and then travel to Shatwell Farmyard, Yarlington, Somerset, BA9 8DL. Shatwell is a working collection of architecture, both drawn and built. It is the home of the architectural drawings collection of Niall Hobhouse and the activities of the Drawing Matter Trust, as well as a place where architecture and agriculture convene daily. Grain silos and concrete barns sit alongside projects by Peter Smithson and Álvaro Siza, container libraries by Cedric Price and buildings by Hugh Strange, Stephen Taylor and Skene Catling de la Pena architects. Cows and sheep collide with visitors, scholars, students and the many thousand works on paper, from sixteenth-century Italy to Zaha Hadid. The everyday life of the farm has a profound effect on the experience of the collection, bringing architecture into an unconscious conversation with the functional world and environments in which it operates. Here, living is powerfully informed by the act of looking. In the Drawing Matter archive building, a display of drawings from the collection will explore the intersection of art and architecture – from situational and conceptual provocations by Constant, Gordon Matta-Clark, Nobuo Sekine and Robert Smithson to projects relating more directly to the idea of the collection, including the interiors of Thomas Hope’s house in Duchess Street, Le Corbusier’s Maison de l’Homme and Tony Fretton’s Lisson Gallery.   Itinerary From 11.30 am – Welcome and coffee at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, with an optional tour of the exhibition. 1.30 pm – A conversation in the tractor shed with Lynne Cooke (National Gallery, Washington, DC), Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald (6a architects). 2.45 pm – A perambulatory lunch curated by matchett & page in collaboration with Lucas Hollweg, featuring a short film documenting the daily grind of Shatwell Farm by artist and carpenter Lucas Wilson