Statement from Sir Nicholas Kenyon on the passing of Henry Wrong CBE

“We are very saddened to learn of the death of Henry Wrong, the first Managing Director of the Barbican Centre. It was Henry, with his powerful combination of pugnacity, patience, humour, and artistic vision, who drove forward the idea of the arts at the Barbican, creating what has become an internationally renowned arts and conference Centre. Through twenty turbulent years he got the Barbican built in the 1970’s, opened it in 1982, and guided its first years. He created the tone of the Barbican’s ambition as a home for outstanding performance, one that is still central to the Barbican today. He remained passionate about the Barbican after his retirement in 1990, and was supportive to his colleagues and his successors, attending events until the last few months. We will miss his commitment and enthusiasm, his biting wit and warm humanity, and we send our condolences to his family.”