Brute force

Lon­don’s Hay­ward Gallery is back

Wallpaper - - March - Pho­tog­ra­phy David Abra­hams Fash­ion Jérôme An­dré El­lie Stathaki For more, see Wall­pa­∏

A sen­si­tive re­fur­bish­ment of the Hay­ward Gallery by ar­chi­tects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios means, among other things, that its large ex­hi­bi­tion halls are now flooded with nat­u­ral light, as orig­i­nally in­tended. Fol­low­ing two years of re­pairs, the bru­tal­ist struc­ture’s 66 pyra­mi­dal roof lights – which had re­mained closed off and un­used for half a cen­tury due to technical dif­fi­cul­ties – are now back in busi­ness. The work on the art gallery, which first opened in 1968 with a de­sign by a group of young ar­chi­tects in­clud­ing Den­nis Cromp­ton, War­ren Chalk and Ron Her­ron, is part of the stu­dio’s wider and on­go­ing South­bank Cen­tre re­newal scheme. The gallery re­opened with a show by Ger­man pho­tog­ra­pher An­dreas Gursky, which runs un­til 22 April and kicks off its 50th-an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. It is Gursky’s first ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive in the UK and fea­tures some 60 works.

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