Encyclopaedia of life
Widely regarded as one of the most significant photographers of our time, Andreas Gursky is known for his spectacular shots of emblematic sites, scenes of the global economy and contemporary life. This retrospective, the German’s first in the UK – at London’s newly refurbished Hayward Gallery, celebrating its 50th anniversary – features 68 of the artist’s groundbreaking photographs from the 1980s to the present day, including eight new works being shown for the first time. Notable among them is (2007/2017) and
(2007/2017), which document North Korea’s Mass Games, a meticulously choreographed group display of dance and acrobatics held in honour of the country’s previous leader, Kim Il-Sung. Gursky’s mantra is straightforward: “I only pursue one goal: the encyclopaedia of life.” The show runs until April 22.