Tag: Barbican Art Gallery

Basquiat: Boom for Real at Barbican Art Gallery until 28 January 2018

Basquiat shocked with enigmatic paintings focused on subjects as disparate as graffiti, jazz, classicism, his Caribbean heritage and contemporary racial politics. A self-taught artist and former graffitist his rise to fame was meteoritic. The face of underground culture, he performed in the film New York Beat alongside Debbie Harry, collaborated with Andy Warhol, produced murals and installations for hip nightclubs and embarked on a brief romance with Madonna (rumour has it he introduced the fledgling pop star to gallerist Larry Gagosian and foretold her stardom).

Although he is best known for his frenetic canvases, Basquiat also experimented with textiles, music, poetry, photography, film and even drawing in his own blood. In his tragically short life he produced an astounding amount of work that remarkably still remains unrepresented in any UK collection.

The exhibition seeks to affirm his significance as one of the greatest painters of the 20th century, while also exploring his position as a key figure of popular culture during this period. The show includes important paintings, film clips and his lesser-known drawings.

Barbican Art Gallery, Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Thu – Sat 10am – 10pm
Sun – Wed 10am – 6pm

£16 book online

Eddie Peake The Forever Loop @ Barbican Centre: The Curve / until 10th January 2016


Sat–Wed 11am–8pm
Thu–Fri 11am–9pm
Closed: 24, 25, 26 Dec
Sun 27 Dec 11am–8pm
Mon 28 Dec 12noon–8pm
Thu 31 Dec 11am–6pm

@ Barbican Centre, The Curve, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Free entry


London-based artist Eddie Peake combines live performance with sculpture, video, installation and painting to create an energetic gallery experience.

Sexuality and desire are constant themes in Peake’s live performances that typically foreground the naked body.

The Forever Loop presents a choreographed, looped performance that weaves in and out of synchronisation with a video of past performances, a home movie from his childhood and a film shot at the studio of koollondon.com.

Set against a backdrop of large scale installations from maze-like, plastered wall structures that frame both the viewer and performer to a raised scaffold walkway, the performers move in and out of the spaces taking the viewer on a dramatic journey, while a sheer suited roller skater glides fluidly through the space.

The installation is populated with surreal objects Including a cast of Perspex bears, brightly coloured whale bones, a metal figure with an acrylic box head filled with autobiographical items, as well as delicate bronze pipettes nestled on shelves with plaster sculptures.

Nudity included! No photos allowed!

United Visual Artists (UVA): Momentum @ Barbican Art Gallery / from 13th February – 1st June 2014

United Visual Artists UVA - Momentum at Barbican Art GalleryTIME AND PLACE:

Art Gallery
Daily 10:00-18:00 (Thu-Fri until 21:00)

The Curve
Daily 11:00-20:00 (Thu-Fri until 21:00)

@ Barbican Art Gallery, Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Free entry

United Visual Artists invites you to experience a carefully choreographed sequence of light, sound and movement, which responds to the unique space of the Curve. Explore the installation at your own pace and discover how your perception of time and space change.

UVA is an art practice that use design processes to combine a wide range of disciplines including sculpture, installation, live performance and architecture.

Pop Art Design @ Barbican Centre / until 9th February 2014


Sat-Wed 10:00-18:00
Thu-Fri 10:00-21:00

@ Barbican Centre, Barbican Art Gallery, Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Tickets: £12 book online


Over fifty years after it exploded onto the art scene, Pop Art Design is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the exciting exchange of ideas between artists and designers in the Pop age.

Pop artists commented on the cult of celebrity, commodity fetishism and the proliferation of media that permeated everyday life in America and the United Kingdom after the Second World War. Radically departing from all that had gone before, artists delighted in adopting the design language of advertising, television and commerce to create work that was playful but often also intentionally irreverent and provocative. In turn, designers routinely looked to Pop Art as a constant source of inspiration. Pop Art Design paints a new picture of Pop – one that recognises the central role played by design.

Ayse Erkmen: Intervals @ Barbican Art Gallery / until 5th January 2014


Sat–Wed 10:00–20:00
Thu–Fri 10:00–21:00

@ Barbican Art Gallery, Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Free entry


This autumn, Turkish artist Ayşe Erkmen produces an ambitious new work for the Barbican, highlighting the artistry and craft of scenic painting.

From fairy tale landscapes, to atmospheric interiors and abstract designs, a series of scenic backdrops move up and down on an automated fly system. Dividing the gallery, the backdrops become performers in their own production.

Watch Me Move: The Animation Show @ Barbican / Until 11th September 2011


Opening Times:
Daily 11am – 8pm
(Wed 11am – 6pm)
Every Saturday from 10am

@ Barbican Art Gallery
Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London, EC2Y 8DS

Standard £10/£12 on the door
Concessions £7/£8 on the door
Book online HERE


Immerse yourself in the magical world of animation.

No where else in London can you see so many animated gems in one place. Spanning 150 years, the Barbican brings together over 170 works, from iconic clips to lesser-known masterpieces from films auteurs such as the Brothers Quay to the big names of animation, like Walt Disney, Studio Ghibli and Pixar. Explore the storyboard drawings and puppets that brought your favourite characters to life from Mickey to Betty to Totoro.

The exhibition also contains its very own cinema where you can watch a whole bunch of animated feature films: Cult classics include Tron, The Incredibles, Fantastic Mr Fox and Spirited Away, just to name a few.

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Watch Me Move: The Animation Show @ Barbican Art Gallery / Saturday 9th July 2011


Time: Open daily 11am-8pm (except Wed until 6pm and Sat 10am-8pm)
Thu until 10pm

Special Family Viewing
Early morning family viewing of Watch Me Move, every Saturday from 10am

Please be advised that certain films in this exhibition contain scenes of an adult nature. Parental guiance is advised.

@ Barbican Centre

Silk Street, The City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tickets: Standard £10 online/£12 on the door
Concessions £7 online/£8 on the door
Secondary school (groups of ten or more) £6
12-17s yrs £6 online/£7 on the door
Under 12s free


Watch Me Move: The Animation Show, 15 June 2011 – 11 September 2011

In 1911, American cartoonist and animator, Winsor McCay prefaced his short film Little Nemo with the invitation to ‘WATCH ME MOVE’, introducing a cast of colourful characters in a playful promenade. A century later, animation is one of the most popular and prevalent of visual art forms, its creative, narrative and technical potential taken to levels probably unimaginable in McCay’s day.

WATCH ME MOVE is the most extensive exhibition ever mounted to present the full range of animated imagery produced in the last 150 years. Bringing together industry pioneers, independent film-makers and artists, the exhibition will feature iconic clips alongside lesser-known masterpieces which together demonstrate the full intellectual and emotive power of the medium. Taking the viewer behind the dream-world of the finished film, the exhibition also includes puppets, stage sets, background paintings, wire-frame visualisations, cel and background images. Large-scale installations will bring the world of animation into the physical space of the viewer.

Artists, film-makers and studios whose work is represented include: Aardman, Walt Disney, Studio Ghibli, Fleischer Studios, Eadward Muybridge, Lumière Brothers, Stan Brakhage, Len Lye, Francis Alys, William Kentridge, Christian Boltanski and Kara Walker.

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