- exhibition review in London  -
Space Shifters

Only for this exhibition it is worthwhile to go to London for a weekend, yes, do it before January 6, which is when it ends. The Hayward Gallery is one of my favorite galleries in the British capital. Their exhibitions mix a variety of disciplines and generally do not leave you indifferent. The Gallery was closed some years for renovations but is now fully operational. The exhibition that now contains its rooms is called Space Shifters and mix ephemeral architecture, product design, contemporary art, interior design and sculpture,

They are those exhibitions that everyone understands, because they play with optical illusions, distortions, reflections or transparencies. A sample that includes works from the 60s to pieces or installations made to measure for the occasion. Surely many of the creators involved will sound: Leonor Antunes, Larry Bell, Fred Eversley, Felix Gonzalez Torres, Jeppe Hein, Roni Horn, Robert Irwin, Ann Veronica Janssens, Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama, Alicja Kwade, John McCracken, Josiah McElheny , Helen Pashgian, Charlotte Posenenske, Fred Sandback, Monika Sosnowska, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, De Wain Valentine and Richard Wilson. But let's see some examples of the works that can be seen in Space Shifters,


One of the oldest installations is Narcissus Garden (1966) by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Currently, few female artists are more visible to a wide range of international audiences than Yayoi Kusama, who was born in 1929 in Japan. Kusama is a self-taught artist who now chooses to live in a private mental health center in Tokyo, while prolifically producing art in various media in her nearby studio. His highly constructed personality and self-proclaimed history of madness have been the subject of scrutiny and criticism for decades. Art historian Jody Cutler places Kusama's work "in dialogue with the psychological state known as narcissism," since "narcissism is the theme and cause of Kusama's art, or in other words, a conscious artistic element related to the content".

Space Shifters is about the way we experience works of art in a specific environment and the impact they have on the space that surrounds them. As the chief curator of the Hayward Gallery Cliff Lauson says, the sculptures and installations of this exhibition "can not be captured on the printed page or on the screen"

And that is precisely what we like about Hayward Gallery, the sensations that their exhibitions produce can rarely be obtained in photos or videos.


Photo by Mark Blower / Post On :   9 February, 2019



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