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In pictures: David Chipperfield at the Design Museum

A major new exhibition will feature works including River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, The Hepworth Wakefield gallery and the Neues Museum in Berlin

The exhibition will celebrate Chipperfield’s work for the first time in the UK and spans his entire career to date. 

The organisers say: ‘One of the most important architects working today, David Chipperfield produces subtle and sophisticated buildings with an acute sensitivity for materials and a powerful awareness of their environment.’

‘As David Chipperfield’s practice has grown and matured, he has developed his own distinctive voice. His buildings often combine a variety of materials to create beauty and meaning with appealing clarity. Buildings that subtly inspire without spectacle or fanfare.

‘This detailed survey examines a range of projects through new and archive models, sketches, drawings, photographs and film. A major component of the exhibition focuses on Chipperfield’s most complex project to date, the ten year reconstruction of the Neues Museum in Berlin, which was bombed during the Second World War and subjected to decades of neglect. The project is like nothing previously undertaken in its attitude to history, and its attempt to make something new out of the old has succeeded in producing a landmark building, not only for Berlin but for museum architecture as a whole.’

  • David Chipperfield: Form Matters. 21 October 2009 – 31 January 2010 at the Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD. Adults £8.50; concessions £6.50; students £5; under 12s free. Open 10am - 5.45pm daily. Information: 020 7940 8790; designmuseum.org

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