The room is quiet, like a shrine. A small man ahead of you is praying. As you move forward into the room, you realise that the man is Adolf Hitler – is he praying for redemption for his sins, or for the courage to continue with his work?? In another room is a coffin; as you move near you realise it is J.F.Kennedy. In another room a flat image of Lee Harvey Oswald is riddled with bullet holes. These are just three of the sculptures on display at the Hayward Gallery in London in their new exhibition “The Human Body”. Waldemar Januszczak in the Times says “This is the most compelling selection of contemporary art I have seen in years. A real sizzler of a show. Soon after I walked in, I wrote down two words in my notes “visceral” and “witty”. Then I underlined them. Later I added “impeccably presented. This is the quality of exhibition that we are used to seeing in the Saatchi Gallery, rather than the slightly run-down spaces of the Hayward. Ralph Rugoff, director of the Gallery, continues to reinforce the Hayward as an international gallery, with this show on the theme of the human body (alive or dead). 25 international sculptors, some not well known, are represented and show a fascinating variety of works representing the human form across the gallery and out on the terraces. The works span the last 25 years and seek to combine representation of the human form with questions and comments about society’s attitude to humans – death, life, sex and violence. The best works are thought provoking; the lesser works are superficial, perhaps too representational of aspects of our modern world. The sculptures stand in contrast to the tired spaces of the Hayward – like being in an old warehouse, with no obvious sequence to the spaces. A problem that has never been solved, it would be good if, in refurbishment, the circulation and gallery sequence of the galleries could be addressed.
"The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul."
To be an architect means having a wide range of interests - architecture, art and creativity in all its variety of forms, sustainability, science and innovation. The greatest interest is often where these different worlds overlap and collide - that is when something imaginative often occurs that pushes us all forward to another place
"Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for example"
I hope to showcase contemporary design and innovation, including architecture, art, design, science, technology and sustainability, to those searching for architecture, design and art inspiration to create beauty. I hope you enjoy it and will contribute to it.
- The Electronic Pulse of the Night Club at the Design Museum
- Four German artists with an architectural edge at Sprüth Magers
- Creativity inspiring sculptors in different ways at the Gagosian
- Restoration of an outstanding 18th century landscape at Painshill
- Always thinking ahead at the Brompton Cemetery
- Gunnersbury Park: a work in progress:
- Tobias Gibbons the Molecatcher at Hampton Court Palace
- Stormy clouds over the gardens of Polesden Lacey in Surrey
- An old and hidden history in Colliers Wood, London
- New England and the Mayflower Park Wetlands – the Hamptons in London
- Deserving greater recognition for his lighting inventions: Alfred William Beuttell
- The beauty of the Royal Botanical Gardens in the countryside at Wakehurst Place
- Beautiful gardens in a historic setting in the Kent countryside at Sissinghurst
- Are there lessons to be learnt for greening our cities as Kew Gardens reopens
- The enlightened conservation of the Mount Nod Huguenot Cemetery in Wandsworth
- Important natural wildlife reserves along the River Wandle at Ravensbury Park and Watermeads
- In the controversy about statues perhaps we should take inspiration from the Putney Sculpture Trail
- The Sleeping Beauty of Ham House is slowly awaking
- Azaleas and rhododendrons on fire in Wimbledon Village’s Cannizaro Park
- The gardens at Wisley have spring into summer colours and textures
- norma nour on How artists are transforming painting: Radical Figures at the Whitechapel Gallery
- Ian Caldwell on Optimism for the future at the National Museum of Scotland
- Ian Hunter on Optimism for the future at the National Museum of Scotland
- One Palm on A Modern Mexican Courtyard House : Frida Escobedo’s Serpentine Pavilion
- Applanet APK free download on Curvy wave on the outside; milky light cascading on the inside – with a sombre south american art installation