Architects step in to sponsor Royal Academy show as City deserts arts world

Lord Norman Foster and Lord Richard Rogers have reportedly helped save an exhibition of works by Italian architect Andrea Palladio at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Foster and Rogers
Lords Foster and Rogers stepped in

According to the Times, the two architects are among a group of Royal Academicians who stepped in to shore up funding for the show after a corporate sponsor could not be found.

The Royal Academy said that the credit crunch has made it extremely difficult to find corporate sponsorship, as many major exhibition supporters have been City institutions.

Mary Anne Stevens, the curator of the exhibition, told the newspaper: “We have been extremely lucky in the number of people who have come forward, including Norman Foster and Richard Rogers.”

“Andrea Palladio: His Life and Legacy” celebrates the 500th anniversary of the architect's birth. It opens on 31 January 2009, and will feature large-scale models, computer animations and original drawings of his buildings.