Hayward Gallery review
They call this style of architecture 'Brutalist' which is as perfect a description as you can possibly get. It's just angled stacks of concrete -- the same stuff they make those thundering ring roads out of, or those tower block flats where the stairwells stink of p*ss. It looks like a bunker built to withstand a nuclear bomb blast. If World War III ever breaks out then the Hayward Gallery might be the last building left standing (what a depressing thought).
The art inside isn't much better. They hold temporary exhibitions and retrospective art shows, but it's all modern stuff, contemporary stuff -- the type of art where you have to read the placard to see what it's supposed to be about, and then stand there none the wiser. Let me give you a couple of examples...
Today they've got a piece called Harry II which describes itself as a "contemporary manifestation of ancient myths and modern sphinxes: online security, border control and surveillance". But here's what it actually is: six pink mattresses and three plastic bird heads on a pole.
The next piece consists of a few funfair mirrors and a cartoon fox reciting lines from H G Wells' The Time Machine.
If this is art, then my guidebook is literature.
I’ve been here before…
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