Archiboo’s five must-see exhibitions in 2018

18 January, 2018

The New Kettle’s Yard

Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge re-opens next week after a two-year refurbishment by Jamie Forbert Architects.

The architect has overhauled the existing gallery spaces alongside a new entrance space, café, shop, and a dedicated learning wing.

Forbert says continuity with the original house -reclaimed workers’ cottages acquired by founder Jim Ede in 1956 and the 1970s extension by Leslie Martin and David Owers – is achieved by “sensitivity to the domestic scale of the house and repetition of the brickwork and simple volumes of rough plaster of the existing galleries”.

The opening exhibition, entitled Actions. The Image of the World Can Be Different includes work by 38 artists. The museum says “the show seeks to reassert the potential of art as a poetic, social and political force in the world”. Among the artists represented are Joseph Beuys, Naum Gabo, Anya Gallaccio, Cornelia Parker and Edmund de Waal.

Kettle’s Yard opens on February 10th 2018


Let there be light

Feilden Clegg Bradley’s two-year refurbishment of the Hayward Gallery, along with the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, opened last month with an exhibition of work by acclaimed German photographer Andreas Gursky.

The architect has reinstated one of the aspirations of the original brief – to bring daylight to the Hayward’s upper galleries. Although the gallery’s 66 distinctive pyramid rooflights are one of the Southbank Centre’s most striking features, their thermal performance was poor and the fabric began to fail quite quickly after the building opened 50 years ago.

The roof has been replaced and new glass pyramids recreate the distinctive profile of the original and are sited over flat double-glazed low-iron glass roof-lights. Also the stone floors of the gallery have also been replaced and the iconic sculpture terraces have been repaved.

Gursky is known for his large-scale, often spectacular pictures that portray emblematic sites and scenes of the global economy and contemporary life. The exhibition will feature approximately 60 of the artist’s ground-breaking photographs, from the 1980s through to eight new works, which continue to push the boundaries of the medium.

Andreas Gursky is curated by Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff in collaboration with the artist.

The exhibition runs to April 22 2018 


Venice Architecture Biennale

For architects, the Venice Architecture Biennale is affirmation that architecture is still capable of being an art form.

The curators of this year’s Biennale opening in May, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Dublin-based Grafton Architects have chosen the theme ‘freespace’, a reference to ‘free’ materials like light and shadow that give form to their architecture and the free public space they create in their buildings.

The reality is themes rarely matter and neither, anymore, do the national pavilions which have lost their edge in recent years. Instead, seasoned biennale watchers will head to the Arsenale to see how the curators have turned their theme into a spectacle while making the difficult case that architecture is democratic and free.

The Venice Architecture Biennale runs from May 26th to November 25th 2018


Renzo Piano at the Royal Academy

Renzo Piano will be the first architecture show in the RA’s expanded campus

The highlight of the RA’s 250th anniversary will be the long-awaited opening of its expanded site designed by David Chipperfield. Promising a fuller architecture programme, its blockbuster show for 2018 is an exhibition of Renzo Piano in September. The show, in the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, will explore how the Renzo Piano Building Workshop designs buildings “piece by piece” to achieve the architect’s trademark elegance.

While there will be no shortage of fans- the practice is the fifth most admired in the world, according to this year’s WA100 – architects will be equally interested to see how Chipperfield has combined the RA’s two buildings, Burlington House on Piccadilly with 6 Burlington Gardens, creating a new public route between the two.

The New RA opens on May 19th

Renzo Piano, September 5 to January 20, 2019


V&A predicts the future

The crowdfunded Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge in Rotterdam. Credit: Ossip van Duivenbode

The first big show produced by the V&A’s design, architecture and digital department, The Future Starts Here looks at new technology’s impact on our lives through 100 objects from robots to Nasa’s zero gravity printer.

The V&A’s director Tristam Hunt says the museum is going back to its roots by showcasing cutting-edge design.

“From the very beginning, the V&A has championed pioneering art, science, design and technology. Now in the midst of the digital revolution, the exhibition delves into our fast accelerating future of artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and space exploration”.

The show will be arranged around four main themes: Home, Public, Planetary and Afterlife.  It is designed by Andrés Jacque/Office for Political Innovation and curated by Rory Hyde and Mariana Pestana.

The Future Starts Here opens on May 12th.