Architektur als Bild: Karl Friedrich Schinkels “Sammlung architektonischer Entwürfe” (17 August – 16 October 2016)
Collection of Prints and Drawings ETH Zurich
In his „Collection of Architectural Designs“ [„Sammlung architektonischer Entwürfe“], the great architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841) skilfully combined the art of drawing with that of architecture. By promoting his own craft through these artfully presented architectural designs, he gained a glittering reputation throughout the whole of Europe within his own lifetime. Schinkel had his drawings of architectural designs etched and engraved by a number of different artists that he continued to commission throughout.
The great appeal of his „Collection“ is that the 174 engravings are not just designs for works that were later built, but also include unrealised alternatives and prototypes. This gives an intimate and unique insight into the creative thought process of the master architect himself.
The selected exhibits give a rare insight into the work of this great architect, clearly illustrating the craftsmanship and artistry with which he executed his designs.
In the last chapter of L’architecture au futur depuis 1889, Jean-Louis Cohen listed several “vanishing points” that, although barely visible in the distance, would allow architecture to escape the unrelenting aspiration for originality, newness, monumentality,...