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"
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