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 30th anniversary of Art Miami has a digital focus
- Bridging across traditions: Cuban artist Ruben Alpizar at CONTEXT Art Miami
- Throwing tradition to the winds at CONTEXT Art Miami
- A loss to London: Peggy Guggenheim at Ordovas Art
- Linking to the Earth: Magdalena Abakanowicz and William Anastasi at the Marlborough Gallery
- Ai Weiwei, Richard Deacon and Tony Cragg arrive near Edgware Road at the Lisson Gallery
- Coming out of the darkness: Nan Goldin at Marian Goodman Gallery
- Were are the people?: Ged Quinn and Ed Baynard at the Stephen Friedman Gallery
- 39 years apart: Valie Export and Renate Bertlmann at the Venice Biennale
- Modern art in Classical interiors: Marcin Maciejowski at the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac:
- Dominic Harris integrates nature, pop culture and computer code at the Halcyon Gallery
- Japanese traditions in the 21st century: ‘WOW: City Lights and Woodland Shade’
- Antony Gormley’s Formations at the White Cube
- The cosmic light installations of Leo Villareal at PACE London
- London Build arrives at Olympia – but where is its sustainability credentials?
- A designer-led Christmas: Daniel Arsham at Selfridge’s
- 5o years of Dora Maurer’s creativity at Tate Modern
- The monochrome and colourful geometries of Dora Maurer at the White Cube
- How does an artist see himself?: Lucian Freud at the Royal Academy
- How can we create a more sustainable world?: Eco-Visionaries at the Royal Academy
- 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
- Ian Caldwell on Blending ancient and contemporary: Two Italian artists: Giovanni Ozzola and Fabio Viale
- Luiz on Blending ancient and contemporary: Two Italian artists: Giovanni Ozzola and Fabio Viale
- Ros McTaggart on The Great Architectural Bake-Off from the Museum of Architecture: Gingerbread City.