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.
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Oh, Hayward: we have missed you these past two years. Luckily, when the Southbank institution finally reopens in early 2018 after an extensive refurb, it will kick things off with a bang in the form of the first ever UK retrospective of German photographer...Photography Thursday January 25 2018 - Sunday April 22 2018
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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.