Good for kids?★★★ Value for money?★★★ Worth a visit?★★★
The Hayward Gallery was designed by Hubert Bennett in 1968, and named after the leader of the GLC – Sir Isaac Hayward.
It is perhaps the grimmest of the Southbank Centre’s concrete catastrophes (one architect accused it of having a quite frightening ugliness), but don’t let the depressing shell keep you from the inside – where you’ll find major art exhibitions by the world’s leading artists.
Art exhibitions at the Hayward
The Hayward Gallery focuses mainly on contemporary British art, but has ever-changing exhibitions by international artists. They feature a wide range of paintings, sculpture and photography. Admissions rates vary, depending on what’s on.
glenking – “If you think the building looks good then you will probably think the art inside looks good too, but if you are a normal person who thinks that the building is about as good looking as a multi-storey car park, then give the stuff inside a miss and go to a proper gallery like the national instead because t is much better. The problem with this place is that the stuff they show is never as good as the tate modern, which gets all the good stuff, and they charge you to go in and see all the Decent exhibitions as well. I could just about stomach tracey emin if it was free, but when I have to pay through the nose to get in, when I know that a short walk along the river is the tate filled with top-quality modern art which I can go and see for free, in a building which is ten times better, then it is no contest.”
>Craig’s review of Hayward Gallery – “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 th… continued”
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