In the Life of Forms exhibition, the Hayward Gallery will showcase how artists have drawn inspiration from movement, flux, and organic growth, from a dancer’s gesture to the breaking of a wave or from molten metal flowing to a spider’s web tangled.
Over 50 years of contemporary art will be showcased in this unique exhibition, including a range of energetic sculptural forms that seem to exude, undulate, blossom, erupt and sprawl in the gallery space, inspiring fluid and transforming experiences. The Life of Forms will bring together works that tackle physical experience in a world where everyday encounters are increasingly digitized in a dynamic and urgent way.
The exhibition will feature the works of 19 international artists, namely Ruth Asawa, Nairy Baghramian, Phyllida Barlow, Lynda Benglis, Michel Blazy, Paloma Bosquê, Olaf Brzeski, Choi Jeong Hwa, Tara Donovan, DRIFT, Holly Hendry, EJ Hill, Marguerite Humeau, Jean-Luc Moulène, Senga Nengudi, Martin Puryear, Matthew Ronay, Teresa Solar Abboud and Franz West.
Talking about the exhibition, Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery, said: “Intricate, exuberant and playful, the works in this show will take visitors on an adventure into a world of fascinating forms. Whilst they avoid directly representing the human body, most of these artworks evince a compelling corporeality – they remind us that there is a comedy, as well as a politics, of form.”
The exhibition will run from the 5th of February, 2024, until the 6th of May, 2024.