London’s Hayward Gallery is a part of Southbank Centre. It has a long history in London of presenting work by the world’s most significant artists. After an intensive two-year renovation and moving to The Strand for a temporary exhibition, the iconic insitution will reopen to the public on 25 January with the first major UK retrospective of the work of German photographer Andreas Gursky. This opening will mark the 50th anniversary of the Hayward. For the first time since the Hayward’s original opening, the gallery’s pyramid roof lights will allow natural light into the spaces below.
“A true innovator engaged in thinking about and picturing the times in which we live in, Gursky is the perfect artist for launching the 50th anniversary year of the Hayward.” Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery said.
In December 2017, The Venice Biennale announced that Rugoff will be curator of the 58th Venice Biennale staged in 2019. He was recently appointed to curate the 2015 Lyon Biennale and seems to be on all fronts including the curation of democratic festival inspired by Nuit Blanche, Art Night, to take place in London on 7th July 2018.
Celebrating Gursky’s oeuvre, the opening exhibition will feature around 60 large-scale photographs from the early 1980s to his most recent work, including Paris, Montparnasse (1993) and Rhine II (1999, remastered 2015).
Gursky shares a studio with Laurenz Berges, Thomas Ruff and Axel Hütte on the Hansaallee, in Düsseldorf. The building, a former electricity station, was transformed into an artists studio and living quarters, in 2001, by architects Herzog & de Meuron, of Tate Modern fame.
Image: Rhine II, 1999/2015 Inkjet-Print 237.8 x 407.8 x 6.2 cm © Andreas Gursky/DACS, 2017 Courtesy: Sprüth Magers