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 high points of Eastcastle Street at Pilar Corrias and Pi Artworks
- Starting Condo London 2020 in Soho at Southard Reid and Arcadia Missa
- Looking beyond the images of the Taylor Wessing Photography Portrait Prize
- The changing relationship between humans and nature – Lauren Gault at Gasworks
- Futurism in art and life: Tullio Crali at the Estorick Collection
- Craigie Aitchison and the Beaux Arts Generation at Piano Nobile
- Art and artists within communities Neil Zakiewicz and Lothar Götz at Stratford
- Starting the new year with an artistic bang at the London Art Fair
- Patron of arts and architecture: King George IV at the Queen’s Gallery
- Tutankhamun’s last visit to London – at the Saatchi Gallery
- Kara Walker at Tate Modern
- Artists coming together in response to the 1973 Chilean revolt at Tate Modern
- A Reappraisal of Dora Maar at Tate Modern
- A changing canvas for artists in ‘Watch This Space’ at Lazinc
- Parallel worlds collide in the Margaret Cavendish’s Blazing World at Sǀ2
- Perspectives on our technological future: Kang Jungsuck at KCCUK
- Celebrating diversity in ‘Beyond Borders’ at Unit London
- How the car shaped the world: What is its future?
- Latin American Surrealism at the NSU Art Museum
- Art to make you smile and be happy in Fort Lauderdale
- Nic Maennling on The empty Old Sessions House in Clerkenwell, London, as a historic backcloth to Icon’s House of Culture
- Ian Caldwell on Futurebuild challenges the Construction Industry to change
- Graeme on Futurebuild challenges the Construction Industry to change
- Ian Caldwell on Crossing Borders: the Embroidery of Alighiero Boetti at Ben Brown Fine Arts
- Francesca Martinoli on Crossing Borders: the Embroidery of Alighiero Boetti at Ben Brown Fine Arts