3 the business at architecture as he was brilliant in the execution at it. A delicate, beautiiully proportioned drawing tor a house at Hillside near

Aberdeen, reveals on close inspection,

a ground floor painted out by a wash of

grass. The shadow beneath is not a basement or a mistake. It is simply 19th century cost-cutting. The client‘s cash did not run to the extravagance of three storeys so Playtair obligingly took his ruler through the proposal and in one swilt score, created the budget version. Still magnilicent at that.

Playlair’s drawing is just one from the collection at the Royal Institute of

' Architects in Scotland brought together

in the exhibition ‘Turning Points’

, (Talbot Rice, Edinburgh). Three points of change and approach to architecture slice the exhibition into tour sections.

Playlairtakes his place in the earliest

group. Elegant neo-classical drawings

epitomise the sophistication and public grandeur ot the time. ‘Greek’ Thomson’s proposal tor the museum at South Kensington, a rare competition drawing, shows the scale that this monumentality could achieve. Pillars and pediments weigh heavy on a vast flight of steps which would not be out ol place in any ot Hollywood’s classical epics. But alternative styles were becoming popular. Tudor style and picturesque Elizabethan lead the exhibition into the next period when


Karla Kowlaskl and Michael Szyszkowitz Mon 14 Apr—Fri 2 May.

Ahusband and wife partnership based in Graz. near Vienna. Their

work is described as confident expressionist architecture.

Galleries Courts and Gardens Wed 7—11 Apr. Property Services Agency exhibition. 0 ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 225 7534. f Mon—Sat 10am-5pm. Sun 2—5pm. i About Face For an indefinite period. Make-up and hair ornaments past and present. There‘s a lot in common between the two. New Acquisition Four rare and previously unknown Benin (Nigerian) figures are now on display in the main hall of the museum. New Gallery Opened The planetarium is now back in place in the gallery of scientific instruments. Since it closed six years ago, new cases have been


‘Castellated and Domestic Architecture McGibbon and Ross and the key tigure was Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, first president at the RIAS and pioneer in the study and analysis of Scottish architecture.

The third and iinal sections take the exhibition into the 20th century. After the First World War the turn in architecture was pronounced. Geometric shapes, llat-rooted, white houses (still contemporary in the suburbs oi today) and glamorous Art Deco decoration seems to have come from nowhere, along with the ice rinks, the cinemas and suburbia. The architecture at pleasure replaced that ol the empire and 01 all the turning points this is possibly the most dramatic.

The exhibition leaves open the question at whether a new direction in the profession is imminent or already evolving. A mini-survey of what's been happening to the landscape oi our cities and towns in recent years holds the clues.

With interest in architecture currently running high, the exhibition has been well-timed. It is unlortunate however, that the wealth oi inlormation on otter is not matched by a suitably protessional display. The labels are sometimes dilticult to read, the display is cluttered and the introduction ot a smaller exhibition ‘Thirties’ into the third section is untidy. (Alice Bain)

installed. the collection has been significantly added to and much restoration work has been done.

0 ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Queen Street. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.

‘lam come home' Until Wed 30 April. Treasures of Prince Charles Edward Stuart


The Mound, 225 6671.

RSA Summer Show begins Sat 26 Apr. 0 SCOTTISH CRAFT CENTRE 140 Canongate. 556 8136. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm. Ceramics. knitwear.

pottery, glass and textiles from the

craftsmen and women of Scotland.


Street. 225 5955. Mon—Fri

I 9am—5.30pm. Sat 9.30am—1pm. ! Sights and Insights Sat yww 3o

Apr. Recent paintings by Edward i Gage.

I Scottish Paintings Until Wed 30 Apr.


e TALBOT RICE ART GALLERY Old College. University of Edinburgh. 667 1011 ext 4308. Mon—Sat. 10am—5pm. Turning Points in Scottish Architecture -An Exhibition lrom the RIAS Collection Until Sat 19 Apr. See panel 0 THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place. 225 7942. Mon—Sat 9.30am—late. Photographs by Audrey Moor Throughout April. Spanish dancers at the Calanda Festival. New York, from a pavement. Mexico from a train and Edinburgh as it is. 0 TORRANCE GALLERY 29b Dundas Street. 556 6366. Mon—Fri 11am-6pm. Sat 10.30am—4pm. George MacPherson Until Sat 5 Apr. Ian Maclnnes Mon 14—Sat 26 Apr. Aspects of Orkney in oil and watercolour. O 369 GALLERY 209 Cowgate. 225 3013. Mon—Sat 12.30—5.30pm. . The Moilat Suite Until Fri 18 Apr. Drawings and paintings inspired by 5 life in the small Borders town of Moffat. By Kevin McIntyre. O TRAVERSE THEATRE 112 West Bow. 226 2633. g Works by Margaret Mitchell, Maureen 3 Doyle and Bill Brodie Until Fri 4 Apr.

Mixed exhibition ofwork by Scottish artists.

0 THE SCOTTISH MINING MUSEUM Lady Victoria Colliery. Newtongrange. Midlothian. 663 7519. Tue—Fri 10am—4.30pm. Sat/Sun Noon—5pm.

A Day in the Lite of a Coal Company Journey back to the early days of the coliiery via a series of tableaux using artefacts and costumed models. Prestongrange (between Prestonpans and Musselburgh) Tue—Fri 10am—3pm. Sat/Sun Noon—3pm. Visitor Centre. Historic Cornish Beam Engine and displays illustrating coal-mining through the ages.

0 THE SHORE GALLERY 59 Bernard Street. 225 6753. Details of future exhibitions will be announced in The List.

0 STILLS GALLERY 105 High Street. 557 1140.Tues—Sat 12—6pm.

Dnthe Edge at White Peak Until Sat 19 ' April. Photographs oflimestone quarrying by John Davies. After the blasts ofdynamite roar through the quarry. there is a strange quiet. it is this that Davies captures in his work. Machinery is at a standstill and people are absent from these man-made. artificial canyons.


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