London’s Hayward Gallery is back
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.