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Hayward Gallery, London

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#105 of 222 in Museums in London
'One of London's most important spaces for displaying contemporary art, the Hayward Gallery is housed in an austere 1968 building that is both equally loved and derided by the majority of Londoners. Whichever camp you fall into, you'll agree that it makes an excellent hanging space for the blockbuster exhibitions it puts on.' (Lonely Planet)

Hayward Publishing - Publishing beautiful books on contemporary art. In collaboration with Hayward Gallery and the Arts Council Collection.
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  • I call that bad press work: If a gallery is to, again, this must be communicated. But is so difficult to find as the input for me wonder, then, that the place is tight.
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  • If you go along you will see workmen, and the cafe and entrance boarded up. A new and rejuvenated Gallery will open 2018  more »
  • As a part of the South Bank Centre, the gallery was designed as an example of the “Brutalist” style by a group of young architects in 1968 and named after Sir Isaac Hayward, the former leader of the L...  more »
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  • Where: Hayward Gallery - London What: An art gallery How was it: It started raining and we found refuge inside Hayward Gallery. It was ok, not much to see. Perhaps they change the showcase from time to time, it just didn't feel like they had much on display when we went. Grade: Eli = 3, Serge = 3 Recommend: If it's raining and you are seeking refuge or perhaps you are interested in art galleries then yes.
  • Multifaceted and wonderfully programmed arts space in the heart of the South Bank. Naturally your experience will vary with whatever the current exhibition is - but rarely will you be disappointed. The last two shows I've been to, Mirror City and Decisions were not only challenging and groundbreaking work, but also make brilliant use of the physical space of the gallery too. You'll also be within walking distance of the roof-top gardens and excellent food markets. Always worth checking to see what's on in advance though, as many shows are ticketed or timed entry. A must for Londoners and tourists alike.
  • I went to see the Light Show last night. It's an outstanding exhibition but brought to life for me by an excellent curator tour. It gets warm inside because of all the lights so you might want to leave your coat at the cloakroom before entering. There's a strict no photography rule inside so just enjoy seeing the exhibits and consider how each makes you feel. There are a few small rooms to enter through black curtains and each offers something different from a pitch black room with a light tunnel for you to put your hands into (which reminded me of nights out at Heaven in the '90s) or a single light bulb hanging down for you to ponder. A few sections require you to remove your shoes or cover them with clean over-shoes (provided) but play along as the group I visited with all liked different things. For me the best was left 'til last as the final room with immense strobe lighting and water was completely mesmerising. While some of us hadn't spoken much before we entered the last room we all had something to say once we saw the water art. It's truly very beautiful and I couldn't have watched it for hours. It's a great show and worth taking your time to see all properly although if there's a queue for something don't waste your time as there's so many other great exhibits in here to enjoy. What would may it ever better? If they dusted the floor more often! Huge dust-bunnies wafting around the floor of exhibits was pretty off-putting.
  • Interesting exhibitions, almost always worth going to.
  • A dreadful spectacle

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