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The Hayward’s new show will literally alter your perspective

By Rosemary Waugh

From 26 September, London’s Hayward Gallery is hosting a new exhibition, ‘Space Shifters’, dedicated to making visitors lose track of where they are and what the hell is going on. The show, which closes the gallery’s 50th anniversary year, is filled with historic and contemporary sculptures and installations that cleverly play with the viewer’s perceptions of the space around them.

It follows close on the heels of the Hayward’s Lee Bul exhibition (closed 19 August) and just precedes the return of Yayoi Kusama to London at Victoria Miro. Both exhibitions featured (or will feature) examples of the ever-popular ‘infinity room’ installations. If you, like so many Londoners, are a fan of those mind-flummoxing artworks, ‘Space Shifters’ will be right up your selfie-taking alley.

Along with showing a work by Kusama herself, the exhibition contains works by Anish Kapoor, Larry Bell, Leonor Antunes and Monika Sosnowska. The exhibits play with colour, space, shape and distance, and generally make you feel like you’ve walked into an art gallery after sharing a bottle of wine on a Friday lunchtime.

Here’s a taster of the type of art you can expect to see:

1. Anish Kapoor's 'Sky Mirror'

© Anish Kapoor/DACS 2018

2. Fred Eversley's '(Untitled) Parabolic Lens'

© Fred Eversley. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: Maria Larsson

 3. Richard Wilson's 'No Numbers' installation (shown here at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo):

Photo: Eiji Ina

'Space Shifters' is on at the Hayward Gallery from 26 September - 6 January 2019. To find out more click here.


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