25 March 2021

Jean Dubuffet: First Major UK Exhibition Announced For Barbican In May

The first major UK exhibition of the work of French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) in over 50 years, Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty

30 June 2020

Guide to UK Museums and Galleries Reopening

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that museums and galleries may reopen from Saturday 4 July providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines, the following museums and galleries have released details. Here is a useful guide to the planned reopenings. Artlyst will update the list as new information becomes available.

6 June 2019

Lee Krasner Abstract Expressionist – The Barbican – Edward Lucie Smith

The catch-up continues: two more female artists, from different phases of the now safely defunct Modern Movement, are now being given their due. They are Lee Krasner, with a solo show at the Barbican; and Natalia Goncharova, at Tate Modern. Both of these were considerable talents. Were they game-changers? That, I think, is a slightly different question.

20 May 2019

Artificial Intelligence More Than Human – Barbican – Edward Lucie-Smith

Right now, the Curve Gallery at the Barbican has a big show entitled More Than Human that seems exceptionally relevant, not so much to what is happening in the visual arts right now, as to what seems likely to happen. Its theme is AI (artificial intelligence).

5 November 2018

Modern Couples Shaped By The Society Of Their Time – Barbican – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Modern Couples show currently at the Barbican has eyes slightly too big for its own – or at any rate for my stomach. Nevertheless, it is, in the present climate for the visual arts, an event that is both timely and important.

24 October 2018

Lee Krasner Breathes Colour Into The Barbican This Spring

The first retrospective exhibition in Europe of Lee Krasner for over 50 years is opening in May 2019 at the Barbican.

1 May 2018

Beyond Counter-Culture: Life On The Margins Explored Through Photography – Edward Lucie-Smith

In the society we now have, photography has become the dominant medium for conveying news, opinion, social criticisms of all kinds.

19 March 2018


Although Artlyst essentially focuses on contemporary art reviews, gallery listings and not o operas,

28 February 2018

London’s Latest Must-See Photography Exhibitions

There are some thought-provoking and informative photography exhibitions on show in London at the moment. Ranging from the Barbican’s Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins which explores subjects on the edge of society to the four artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 at the Photographers’ gallery. Also just opened is the Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography which shows together Oscar Rejlander (1813–75), Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79) and Lady Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). Here is a selection of what’s on offer.

21 September 2017

Basquiat Boom The Hero In His Own Play By Edward Lucie-Smith 

The new Jean-Michel Basquiat show at the Barbican titled Basquiat: Boom For Real comes with a thumping big hardback catalogue published by Prestel.

21 September 2017


Basquiat: Colour Blind Expressions Of A Society Unheard – The Barbican

Basquiat used what he knew was out there on the streets the injustices towards black people.

18 September 2017

Banksy Homage To Basquiat Appears In Barbican Tunnel Ahead Of Retrospective

The Street Artist Banksy has created two new artworks inspired by Jean Michael Basquiat at the Barbican.

16 June 2017

Jean-Michel Basquiat Boom At The Barbican – First Glimpse

The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat(1960­-1988) opens at the Barbican on 21st September.

26 March 2016

Tate And Barbican Focus On Heavy Hitting Spring Photography Exhibitions

It’s interesting to compare the curatorial approaches to the two densely comprehensive photography group shows on at the the moment: ‘Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers’ at the Barbican, curated by Martin Parr and ‘Performing for the Camera’ at Tate Britain, for which Simon Baker was the lead curator. Parr and Baker […]

26 May 2015


Doug Aitken Station to Station Project Artists Announced Barbican Centre

The Barbican has announced further programming details for Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening  — American multi-media artist Doug Aitken’s experiment in spontaneous artistic creation taking over the Centre’s indoor and outdoor spaces (Art Gallery, The Curve, Concert Hall, Cinemas, Lakeside Terrace and Sculpture Court) for 30 days this summer from Saturday 27 June. Artists Martin Creed, Jeremy Deller, Iain Forsyth & Jane […]

27 March 2015


Doug Aitken Station to Station Project To Take Over The Barbican In June

This summer Doug Aitken’s project Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening, takes over the Barbican from Saturday 27 June with more than 100 free events over 30 days, with special ticketed events every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This ‘living exhibition’ will include performances, works and residencies by over 100 artists includingSiobhan Davies, Ed Ruscha, Terry Riley,Stephen Shore, Lawrence Weiner, Urs Fischer,Martin Creed, Olaf […]

24 September 2014


Barbican Installation Closed After Racism Accusation

Brett Bailey’s controversial Exhibit B forces the audience to engage with stories of exploitation, say the supporters of the artwork branded as racist which has since been called off. Exhibit B, staged by The Barbican at The Vaults venue in London, was to have involved actors in chains and cages, creating an art performance featuring […]

12 July 2014

Digital Revolution: Barbican Exhibition Clocks The Latest Aesthetic Take Over

Digital Revolution the exhibition takes up a vast presence at the Barbican, filling its theatres, exhibition spaces and corridors, even permeating other channels such as communication: an automated press email was filled with rhetoric marvelling at the technology of the out of office reply. Indeed, consistent with the connotation “all-encompassing” attached to the term ‘Revolution’, […]

3 July 2014


Digital Revolution Explored In New Multimedia Exhibition At The Barbican

Digital Revolution is an immersive and interactive exhibition which brings together for the first time a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers, all pushing the boundaries of their fields using digital media. It also looks at the dynamic developments in the areas of creative coding and DIY culture and the exciting […]

1 June 2014


Barbican and The Trampery To open New Creative Centre In Hackney Wick

The Barbican and workspace innovators The Trampery have joined forces to create Fish Island Labs, a unique new centre to kickstart the careers of a new generation of emerging talent whose work spans technology and the arts. Based in a Victorian warehouse by the River Lea, in the shadow of the Olympic stadium, the building will […]

6 February 2014


Barbican And Google Launch DevArt Exploring Art Made With Code

The Barbican along with Google is launching DevArt a major new project exploring digital art made with code. The project includes four new art commissions that form part of the Barbican’s summer Digital Revolution, exhibition taking place 3 July – 14 September 2014. DevArt is all about art created with code, by developers using new […]

26 October 2012

Rain Room Cold Damp View From The Inside – Review

This autumn has seen a number of big events in the arts, but one of the most popular has undoubtedly been Random International’s Rain Room in the Barbican Curve gallery.  Since the installation opened on 4 October, queues to enter the space have dominated the Barbican foyer and stretched 2-3 hours in length.  What is […]

15 October 2012


Marcel Duchamp Explored In Cross Arts Season At Barbican

This spring the Barbican celebrates Duchamp with a major cross-arts season. The public are invited to explore both his work and that of his precursors, collaborators and the generations of artists he influenced across music, dance, theatre, film and visual art. For many, Marcel Duchamp was the father of conceptual art. The impact of his […]

20 September 2012

Photography From The Sixties and Seventies Explored Barbican – Review

Although one could definitely make the case that there is too much work in this show, it is a noble attempt to bring a wide range of important work to the general public. According to its curator, ‘ Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60’s and 70’s’ is an attempt to explore ‘how photographers intersected […]

2 May 2012

Ultimate Guide To Bauhaus Art Is Life At Barbican

  ‘Bauhaus’ – literally ‘School of Building’ – has become one of the most meaning-clustered words in the history of art and design, signifying perhaps the greatest creative peak in the Modernist tradition of Utopian applied arts. During its relatively brief fourteen year history, this school of art and design – founded by architect Walter […]

28 February 2012


Goethe Institut Sponsors Bauhaus and Turbine Hall For Anniversary

50th anniversary sees Goethe Institut – for Anglo-German cultural exchange – throw open its doors to newly renovated premises, and its cash at 2012 blockbuster exhibitions The historic building in Exhibition Road housing the Goethe-Institut will re-open to the public following extensive restoration on Sunday 20 May 2012, with a specially commissioned installation by German […]

9 January 2012


Antony Gormley Sounds Out Barbican

Antony Gormley has collaborated with Hofesh Shechter to create music-based work to be premiered this week at the Barbican The world premiere of a new work, Survivor, created by Hofesh Shechter, working in collaborate with leading artist Antony Gormley, will be presented at the Barbican Centre from 12 – 14 January 2012.   Survivor is Hofesh Shechter’s first […]

20 December 2011


Song Dong Exhibition For Barbican 2012

An exhibition of the Celebrated Chinese artist, Song Dong  known for his conceptual and often poetic and essentially personal performances and installations opens at the Barbican on 15 February 2012. This is his first solo exhibition in a major UK public gallery, Song Dong is installing the monumental work,Waste Not, in The Curve. Comprising over […]

12 October 2011

OMA On And On And Ever Onwards

  Barbican Art Gallery opens its OMA/Progress architectural exhibition     Review – Architecture exhibitions are notoriously difficult, because the one thing they always have to miss out from the exhibit is the architecture itself: you can’t put a building in a gallery. In the past, the architectural practice OMA has tried to get round […]

24 May 2011


Major Bauhaus Exhibition For Barbican 2012

Bauhaus: ‘Art as Life’  26 April 2012 – 12 August 2012  Barbican Art Gallery The Barbican is to hold the biggest Bauhaus exhibition in the UK in over 40 years. It will present the modern world’s most famous art school which was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar Germany. In spite of its name, and […]