|Barbican Centre London|
Well, summer came to London last Sunday and so my friend and I shunned public transport in favour of a leisurely stroll in the 'long time coming' but nonetheless very welcome sunshine.
Our starting point was Camden and our destination was the 'Bauhaus: Art as Life' exhibition at the Barbican. The last time I visited the Barbican was to see the work of architect and product designer Ron Arad. I also had the pleasure of bumping into Matt Horne (from Gavin & Stacey) in the canteen so it was a win/win kind of day, 2 for the price of 1.
It was very nice stroll indeed for the first mile or so, nipping in and out of shops and gawping at all the old and new architecture, shop fronts, olympic prep stuff and so on .... but then my new sandals ensured that the rest of the walk (about another 2 miles) was going to be anything but leisurely or pleasure-ly.
Anyhow painful, blistered feet aside we finally arrived bang on time for our timed slot. Advance booking had been advised but as it's the tail end of the exhibition it wasn't too busy and not much neck straining had to be done to see the displays plus it was l o v e l y and cool.
If you're a fan of modern architecture as I am then the Barbican building and surrounding housing estate are worth visiting and taking a little meander through the walkways, there is even a conservatory and aviary that I had never spotted previous to this visit. The building is an example of 1970's Brutalist Architecture and was voted London's ugliest buildings in a poll in 2003.
I have been a Bauhaus 'fan' for quite some time and love the work of the Constructivists with their geometric shapes and forms. The Constructivist guys joined the Bauhaus in 1923 four years after it began in Weimar and for me that's when things got really interesting. The Bauhaus was founded by Walter Gropius in 1919, it was set up to challenge society and find a new way of living.
There are over 400 works on display including architecture, painting, photography, product design, textiles and theatre. As you work your way around the exhibition form top to bottom the whole story of the Bauhaus unfolds.
It's well worth a visit if you're brave enough to fight your way through the olympic malarkey. I personally would advise against public transport and travel by foot but take my advice and wear some decent footwear.
|Bauhaus building, Dessau|
The exhibition finishes on the 12th August. http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=12409
|Herbert Bayer Typography|
|Paul Klee ' Tomb in Three Parts 1923'|