Sir John Soane Museum Foundation

Projects & Videos

GREAT COLLECTORS TALK: Creating a Collection and a New Museum

A conversation with Christian Levett and Bruce Boucher
27 October 2016

The founder and owner of the Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins, Christian Levett, was interviewed by Bruce Boucher, the newly appointed director of the Sir John Soane's museum in London. Christian Levett shares his beginnings and constant evolution as a collector which brought him to the pinnacle of creating his own museum in order to share his passion with the general public.

Creating a Collection

Project Soane 2015-2016

Project Soane is an international crowd-sourced initiative to virtually reconstruct Sir John Soane's Bank of England, one of modern architectural history's greatest designs and greatest losses, admired today for Soane's spectacular use of Neoclassical forms, natural light, and effects of scale. To see more on the winners and others, please visit or view this printable document on the project and winners.

Project Soane – Final winners and awards Project Soane – Announcement of the launch of the project in July 2015

Museums and Collections in the early 21st Century

Talk by Michael Conforti,
Director Emeritus, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
10 November 2015

The Soane Foundation expresses sincere gratitude to the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (SAW) at New York University for hosting our event and providing technical assistance for the presentation on our evening.

Introductory remarks by Ulysses G. Dietz, Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts, Newark Museum, and Annabelle Selldorf, Architect. This was the second annual presentation of THE SAMUEL C. MILLER MEMORIAL LECTURE presented by a Museum Director. NOTE: Sound quality is not what we had hoped for... but the content is good.

Beyond Blogtalk: Museums and Collections in the early 21st Century

GREAT COLLECTORS TALK: A Conversation between Jacob van der Beugel and the Duke of Devonshire

Hosted by the Soane Foundation, 2 October 2015, New York City

The conversation focuses on the Devonshire contemporary collection at Chatsworth and one of the most significant recent additions to it, Jacob van der Beugel's site-specific ceramic installation, The North Sketch Sequence. This is the most ambitious permanent art installation ever to be created for a Grade I listed house. Made up of 659 handmade ceramic panels, the work depicts the DNA sequence of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. This talk discusses Chatsworth, its historic art collection, and the process and inspiration of creating such a prolific example of contemporary portraiture.

A Conversation between Jacob van der Beugel and the Duke of Devonshire

MUSEUM DIRECTORS TALK: Abraham Thomas presents Live / Work / Play –
The Evolving Functions of Sir John Soane's House, Museum and Academy

Presented 23 March 2015, San Francisco

Co-hosted with the Institute of Classcial Architecture and Art – Northern California Chapter. Previously this talk was presented in Boston and New York City.

Abraham Thomas presents Live / Work / Play

Abraham Thomas presents Live / Work / Play
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