home: event [ Lee Krasner exhibition ]
Seeing art exhibitions can be uplifting and inspiring. Visit the Lee Krasner exhibition, at the Barbican, and get colour inspiration and a pattern feast for the eyes!
30 May – 1 September
Lee Krasner is a key figure in American art, whose energetic works reflect the spirit of possibility in post-war New York.
‘I like a canvas to breathe and be alive. Be alive is the point.’
This exhibition celebrates the work and life of Lee Krasner (1908–1984), a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism. The first major presentation of her work in Europe for more than 50 years, Lee Krasner: Living Colour tells the story of a formidable artist, whose importance has too often been eclipsed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock.
Discover Krasner’s spirit for invention – from striking early self-portraits to her acclaimed ‘Little Image’ paintings from the 1940s, from collages comprised of torn-up earlier work to a selection of her most impressive large-scale abstract paintings. Explore nearly 100 works, many of which are being presented for the first time in the UK.
home: event [ Modern Couples ]
A new exhibition launched this month at The Barbican, London is Modern Couples – Art, Intimacy and the Avant Garde.
It explores the working relationships of couples in art and design. Those that were long lasting and others that were just fleeting. This exhibition explores how love and emotion is transfered from the personal to the working relationship.
Including Dora Maar & Pablo Picasso; Salvador Dalí & Federico García Lorca; Camille Claudel & Auguste Rodin; Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera; Emilie Flöge & Gustav Klimt – plus many more.
Oct 10th – Jan 27th
Tickets available from barbican.org.uk [ £16 ]
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Whether you love brutalism, are interested in architecture, love the Barbican or just love history of buildings then book in for one of the exciting and informative tours of the Barbican area and architecture.
Follow our Barbican guide on a 90-minute walking tour as you explore the Barbican and discover the fascinating history behind the building of the Centre and the surrounding estate.
How much concrete was used? Why is it called ‘Barbican’? Why is the lake so green…?
Walking along the Barbican highwalks, you’ll learn more about the construction, design and influence of the estate, along with surprising and rarely seen sights and discoveries plus little known insights into this unique architectural endeavour.
From concrete styles to architectural motifs and insightful facts, our Architecture tour will leave you thinking and looking at the Barbican from a fresh perspective…
Architecture Tours are available throughout the year. If you are planning your visit beyond the dates available online, please contact our Box Office on 0207 638 8891 for further information on future tours.
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Explore the history behind the making of the conservatory and other green spaces at the Barbican at ‘Flying trees and sunken spaces’ exhibition that runs until March 20th.
Explore the history behind the creation of the open spaces, gardens, and conservatory that are found across the Barbican Estate and Arts Centre.
For over a decade (1940–1956), the devastated postwar site where this exhibition now stands was a wild landscape. Debate on the urban role of open space raged on, while weeds gently but effectively regenerated the City from its ashes. A monumental landscape emerged, combining low and high rise buildings and spaces, creating an enclosed, urban fabric within the City.
Flying Trees and Sunken Squares is the fifth of the changing foyer displays. It explores the history and design of the Barbican Estate and Arts Centre and is divided into three sections. A selection of books from founding CP&B partner Geoffrey Powell bring to light references from continental Europe and inspiration from the English garden. A selection of archival drawings and illustrations conveys the interweaving of artifice and nature. At its centre historical drawings of the Conservatory and newly commissioned botanical photography celebrate the glass and steel design of this hidden garden.
home: event [ The Japanese House ]
First of all Happy New Year to all our readers and followers. We will aim to bring you a 2017 full of new homeware, interior trends, unmissable events and workshops, as well as lots of inspiration for your home.
Today we bring you an exhibition well worth putting in the diary. The Japanese House at the Barbican will be an amazing insight into architecture and design in Japan through the decades.
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 is the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now , a field which h as conistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design.
Barbican.org.uk. [ 23rd March – 25th June ]
home: featured [ The Barbican shop ]
Museum and tourist attraction shops are always full of great gifts, homeware and amazing design, and the shop at The Barbican is no different.
Not just for a postcard or a branded pencil this store is full of well curated ranges of modern designers including super ceramics, prints and homeware gifts.
The whole retro, midcentury (up to the 80s) design is emulated in the styles and trends that the products are designed to. If you like industrial, brutalism and midcentury design you’ll love the shop and be able to fill your home with great pieces.
And if you love that design even more, check out The Modern House (the modern estate agent) to see if there’s properties available to buy in The Barbican complex – love the style, live the style.
Goods available online but for the full range visit the store on site.
home: event [ The Barbican Exhibition ]
The Barbican in London is a fascinating and wonderful place to walk around on any day, but when they have a great exhibition it makes the trip all the more worth while.
The Barbican Exhibition: Designing for a Living City is a new exhibition tracing the controversial design of the 1970s residential development – explore the range of flat types and interiors which would accommodate some 6000 people within 35 acres. The display includes the original 1971 residential layout and landscape plan, as well as original fittings, archival illustrations, leaflets, brochures and films.
A must for any Barbican fan, and those interest in architecture and interior design of the past. Plus after, take some time to explore the building, visit the conservatory, take a tour or browse the shop.
[ 19th March – 16th October 2016 ]