Ron Arad: Restless
18 Feb–16 May/10
Bold, experimental and inventive, Ron Arad defies categorisation. This internationally acclaimed London based maverick is variously described as a designer, architect or artist.

To celebrate, Barbican Art Gallery stages the first major exhibition in the United Kingdom of the internationally acclaimed, London-based design maverick Ron Arad.

Ron Arad: Restless explores three decades of Arad’s designs from his early post-punk approach of assembling products from readymade parts to his exclusive and highly-polished sculptural pieces. Featuring a dramatic exhibition design by Ron Arad Associates using the latest LED display technology, Ron Arad: Restless also includes architectural designs and immediately recognisable mass-produced items. Highlighting the significance of experimentation, process and materials in Arad’s work, the exhibition offers a timely insight into the development of objects from initial idea and fabrication to finished design.

Thursday Lates
Throughout Ron Arad: Restless Barbican Art Gallery is open every Thursday evening until 10pm. Enjoy a playful experience at the Absolut Bar in the company of friends and relax in a dedicated area of the exhibition furnished exclusively with Ron Arad designs. Try them out while watching others test their skills on Arad’s very own ping pong table.

Why not explore Arad’s work and influences through workshops, performances, discussions and games led by cutting-edge designers, acclaimed artists, architects and design commentators. View talks & events

Talks & events

Ron Arad and Katharine Hamnett discuss how they made their names in the fast-changing London design scene of the 1980s.

Design by Decade
2000s: Design vs Art
29 April 2010

Speakers include Simon de Pury, Chairman, Phillips de Pury & Company, Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard of Fredrikson Stallard, dealer Oscar Humphries of Timothy Taylor Gallery, artist Pae White and chair Tim Marlow, writer, broadcaster and Director of Exhibitions at White Cube.

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