Monday 21 January 2019

Hayward Gallery reopening after two years with Andreas Gursky show

The Brutalist building, at London’s South Bank, first opened in 1968.

A visitor at the Hayward Gallery (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)
A visitor at the Hayward Gallery (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Photographs from North Korea are going on display at the new-look Hayward Gallery.

The refurbished gallery is holding the first major UK retrospective of the work of acclaimed German photographer Andreas Gursky.

New works include Pyongyang VI (2007/2017) and Pyongyang VII (2007/2017), which document North Korea’s Mass Games, a choreographed group display of dance and acrobatics.

A visitor walks past Pyongyang VII by Andreas Gursky (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)

The exhibition is the first to take place in the gallery following its closure for just over two years.

New pyramid roof lights now allow natural light into the spaces below, in the Brutalist building, at London’s South Bank, which opened in 1968.

Gursky is known for his large-scale works but some new pieces experiment with camera phone technology and measure less than a metre.

A visitor walks under the new glass pyramid roof at the Hayward Gallery (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)

The retrospective features 68 of the artist’s photographs, dating back from the 1980s.

The contemporary art gallery said the images, ranging from a stock exchange to an Amazon distribution centre and rubbish-strewn verge of a Spanish motorway, “provide a sweeping visual record of our age”.

Hayward Gallery director Ralph Rugoff said: “A true innovator engaged in thinking about and picturing the times in which we live in, Gursky is the perfect artist for launching the 50th anniversary year of the Hayward.”

Andreas Gursky opens on Thursday and runs until April 22.

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