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“Disappear Here: On Perspective and Other Kinds of Space” is a new commission by Sam Jacob Studio that leads the visitor through deceptive murals, cunning architectural structures and a newly commissioned film to trace the lineage of perspective across centuries and technologies.
From the Renaissance to the present day, perspective has been a constant in architectural writing and illustration. This exhibition at RIBA’s HQ (and informed by the association’s vast collection) explores how perspective spans truth and illusion, linking the disciplines of art, architecture and mathematics. Perspective drawing has been applied to the art of building for centuries and used as a tool to evoke illusory architectural spaces: a way of seeing which became a way of building. By translating three-dimensional space onto a two-dimensional surface, it has become the ultimate quest to depict realistic impressions of a complex world.