The exterior of Sir John Soane’s Museum will be illuminated by a newly commissioned light installation, part of its latest exhibition.

‘A Drawing for John Soane’ by installation artist Nayan Kulkarni will illuminate the façade of the museum on Lincoln’s Inn Fields each evening until 7 January 2024.

The artwork is part of Sir John Soane’s Museum’s latest exhibition, Georgian Illuminations, which explores the light shows of the Georgian era through surviving drawings and prints.

‘A Drawing for John Soane’ by Nayan Kulkarni, illuminating Sir John Soane’s Museum (Gareth Gardner)

The work, which sees abstract geometries projected onto the building, is the product of a year’s in-depth research focusing on the museum and its collections. The museum said the work is inspired by Soane’s own work and his use of light, drawing on techniques that would have been familiar to him.

Nayan Kulkarni, said “Sir John Soane’s ambitious architectural vision has inspired my work ever since my first visit to the Museum in 1995. His playful choreography of light and reflection creates an ever-changing dance of colour and shadow in the Museum which is at the heart of this unique work.

“Drawing from the Museum and Joseph Michael Gandy’s drawings in the collection, this installation imagines new forms of architecture on the Soane’s iconic façade.”

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