Henry Wrong CBE, Director of the Barbican in the crucial years from 1970 to 1990
“Like the legendary Phoenix, the Barbican Centre rose from the ashes in the City of London caused by bombing during the Second World War. The idea of the Centre was born in the 1960s, an era of renewed optimism and fresh ideas, and an exciting time for the arts. New architectural styles were emerging, including the “brutalism” that characterises the Barbican as a whole.....”
“Once the Centre was completed, the City of London could indeed be proud of its achievement, described at the time as the “City’s gift to the nation”.
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