This exhibition examines the artist's role in the reform of architecture and design from the 18th century to the present. This is the first museum exhibition to show Piranesi's full range and influence as a designer of architecture, elaborate interiors and exquisite furnishings. On view will be etchings, original drawings and prints by Piranesi, as well as a selection of three-dimensional objects. In addition to his better-known architectural projects, Piranesi also designed fantastic chimneypieces, carriage works, furniture, light fixtures and other decorative pieces.
The exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Sarah E. Lawrence, director, Master's Program in the history of decorative arts and design, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and John Wilton-Ely, professor emeritus, University of Hull.
Piranesi as Designer is sponsored by Eli Wilner & Company.
Piranesi as Designer is made possible in part by The Polonsky Foundation, the Arthur Ross Foundation, Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, The Italian Cultural Institute, and Mr. and Mrs. Frederic A. Sharf. Additional support is provided by Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, The Felicia Fund, and The Cowles Charitable Trust.