Rupert Wheeler has recently exhibited a new series of drawings inspired by four of the imaginary cities described in Italo Calvino’s seminal book ‘Invisible Cities’.


Italo Calvino’s seminal book ‘Invisible Cities’, explores imagination and the imaginable through the descriptions of 55 fictitious cities, narrated by the explorer Marco Polo. The majority of the book consists of brief and lyrical prose poems addressing themes of language, time, memory and culture.

Rupert’s depictions of Armilla, Baucus, Octavia and Zenobia take their cue from the beautiful descriptions in the book and are the first phase of an ongoing project to explore a dialogue between architecture and literature, cities and the interior world of the imagination.