Radical Nature

Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 19692009

19 June 2009 - 18 October 2009
Art Gallery


Tickets:
8/6 concs
6 online
Times: Open daily 11am-8pm except Wed 11am-6pm
Open until 10pm every Thu

subject to availability
 sold out



Special offer! Buy tickets to any Radical Nature talks and events (priced 5) and get a same day exhibition ticket for 5 (normally priced 8). To take advantage of this offer, call 0845 120 7500 or quote 'Radical Nature events offer' in person at the Advance Box Office.

The beauty and wonder of nature have provided inspiration for artists and architects for centuries. Since the 1960s, the increasingly evident degradation of the natural world and the effects of climate change have brought a new urgency to their responses. Radical Nature is the first exhibition to bring together key figures across different generations who have created utopian works and inspiring solutions for our ever-changing planet.

Radical Nature draws on ideas that have emerged out of Land Art, environmental activism, experimental architecture and utopianism. The exhibition is designed as one fantastical landscape, with each piece introducing into the gallery space a dramatic portion of nature. Work by pioneering figures such as the architectural collective Ant Farm and visionary architect Richard Buckminster Fuller, artists Joseph Beuys, Agnes Denes, Hans Haacke and Robert Smithson are shown alongside pieces by a younger generation of practitioners including Heather and Ivan Morison, R&Sie(n), Philippe Rahm architects and Simon Starling. Radical Nature also features specially commissioned and restaged historical installations, some of which are located in the outdoor spaces around the Barbican while a satellite project by the architectural collective EXYZT is situated off site.

A fully illustrated catalogue, with a foreword by environmental campaigner and writer Jonathon Porritt, accompanies the exhibition and is available in the Art Gallery Shop on level 3 and online.




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Part of Do Something Different Weekend 10 - Sun
Part of Do Something Different 10 - Sat








 

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