Prince Charles famously lambasted Hayward's divisive brutalist architecture, though for many the building is an excellent example of 1960s design. Casual visitors can hang out in the industrial-look café downstairs (which becomes a bar at night), aptly called Concrete, or catch one of the leftfield events occasionally programmed in association with the temporary exhibitions. Free contemporary shows are curated in the Hayward Project Space (take the stairs to the first floor from the glass foyer extension) while the versatile main space programmes an excellent bill of major exhibitions.
VIDEO: Inside the refurbished Hayward Gallery
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Drag: Self-portraits and Body Politics
‘Drag Race’ fans, here’s a summer exhibition for you. This Hayward Gallery show is made up of self-portraits showing the many faces of drag, old and new. Don’t-miss moments include the works of Robert Mapplethorpe and Cindy Sherman plus contemporary pieces...Until Sunday October 14 2018
Space Shifters review
If I had a penny for every time I heard about the importance of light in art I’d have a shitload of pennies. From Caravaggio’s dramatic chiaroscuro to Turner’s swirling dusky seascapes and Monet’s shimmering waterlilies, light has been a necessary obsession...Until Sunday January 6 2019
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I would love to write a review for the Hayward. But, it was closed on Friday. Apparently for the installation of an exhibition due to open in over two weeks time. I really wish they had mentioned this on their website. However, with so many other galleries open in the area, it was not a major loss.
This was a mixed bag, but in the main pretty awesome. Some amazing pieces that reminded me of Chris Ware and some pretty talentless daubs. The Italian dude who had the ATE exhibitions were my favourite. Curator notes as always, bit desperate and at time stupid.