The latest content and news from the Barbican. Book tickets at barbican.org.uk
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Art

Hear from the artists and designers, curators and collaborators behind our dynamic programme of exhibitions, installations and commissions, spanning the worlds of art, design, architecture, photography, fashion and more.

Inside The Japanese House

Bookshelf inspiration to concrete, architecture models to houseplants - we share some of our favourite visitor photos
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How We Made a Japanese Tea House

How do you build a tea house? Learn more about the collaboration between Kingston University and Terunobu Fujimori
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On Human Agency & Forms of Living

Read an extract from 'The Japanese House' exhibition catalogue by curator, Florence Ostende
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Building The Japanese House

From wall construction to painting, kitchen supplies to foliage - watch how we build The Japanese House
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In Conversation: Richard Mosse

Photographer Richard Mosse discusses his work including his commission for The Curve with Anthony Dorley
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The Films of Yasuo Moriyama

What do your films say about you? We get to know Moriyama more with a look through his eclectic film collection
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Barbican Meets: Richard Mosse

'The camera is colour-blind' - we speak to artist Richard Mosse about his powerful new work for The Curve, 'Incoming'
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The Records of Yasuo Moriyama

From John Cage to Ryoji Ikeda, listen to some of the records you'll hear playing in the Moriyama House
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Talking Vulgar

How do you define 'vulgar'? Meet some of the designers in the exhibition to learn about their work and their 'vulgarity'
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Introducing The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined

'Fashion, like language, is constantly evolving' - we meet The Vulgar curators, Judith Clark and Adam Philips
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On London: Bedwyr Williams

Kung-fu, nougat scams, bonsai - Bedwyr Williams reflects on his years in London and shares some rather curious anecdotes
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Ragnar Kjartansson: Our Visitors

See how our visitors have been getting creative with their exhibition photography - country mansion not required
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Barbican GuestMix: Ragnar Kjartansson

'I am obsessed by music, I live with music constantly…' - Ragnar Kjartansson shares his playlist
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On ‘Second Movement’

'All we knew about each other at that point was our names and that we were both actors'
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In Conversation: Ragnar Kjartansson

Curator Leila Hasham meets artist Ragnar Kjartansson for the first in a series of events on his major retrospective
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Close Up: Maria Nepomuceno’s Cosmic Teta

Bringing a vibrant splash of colour to our Foyers, look closer at Nepomuceno’s woven and beaded sculpture
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Barbican Meets: Ragnar Kjartansson

We meet Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson to talk art, family & repetition in his major exhibition in our Art Gallery
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Introducing Ragnar Kjartansson

Iceland and the mafia, reality vs fiction, repetion and spitting - meet the artist behind our summer exhibition
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The Making of Edgelands

Headphones on - we meet the creators of our free audio journey that reframes the sights and sounds of the Barbican
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Martin Parr: On Real Food

'Junk food looks very good on the plate' - Martin Parr discusses his new book celebrating all things food...
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As Revealed By: Bruce Gilden

Warts, pimples and blemishes - but beauty is in the eye of the beholder for Bruce Gilden's vision of Britain
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In Conversation: Bruce Gilden and Martin Parr

There are ones that maybe will make a picture, there are ones that could make a picture and then there are the killers…
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As Revealed By: Sergio Larrain

'Within the broad documentary umbrella of Magnum photographers, Larrain sits firmly in the camp of 'artist'
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As Revealed by Bruce Davidson

Forget images of Big Ben - for Bruce Davidson, it's all about the people in his vision of Britain...
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Ten Moments with Imran Qureshi

Journalist Mohsin Hamid visits Imran Qureshi at his home in Lahore to discuss art, family and history...
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The Making of ‘Towards the Mean’

We speak to the artists exploring how national identity is determined and defined in our new interactive installation
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Listen: Strange and Familiar

Explore five photographs from the exhibition with audio from curators, speakers & voices from around the UK.
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Meet the Artist: Imran Qureshi

Artist Imran Qureshi introduces his new commission for The Curve, 'Where the Shadows are so Deep'.
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Your Eames Story

Celebrating the final weeks of the exhibition, we asked you to share the ways the Eameses have influenced you...
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The Eames Audience Experience

We get closer to the screen(s) to learn more about the Eameses innovative multi-screen presentation, 'Think!'
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Eames Spotting: Reimagining the Wire Chair

How much fun would Charles and Ray have had looking over 51 artist adaptations of their iconic Wire Chair?
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A Journey into The World of Charles and Ray Eames

From above and from below, we take a flying tour of our Art Gallery through the works of Charles and Ray Eames
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Building their World

Exhibition architects 6a explain how they brought Charles and Ray Eames’ vision to the Gallery.
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Curator Picks: Musical Tower

'New Office staff members would be set the daunting challenge of rearranging the keys to play a new tune…'
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Curator Picks: Tanks

'Each slide is the result of a balance of childlike curiosity, rigorous research and hands-on experience'
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Audio For Travelling To, Or From, The World of Charles and Ray Eames

Travel to a place of enthusiastic and tireless experimentation, innovation and play with Charles and Ray Eames.
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Eddie Peake Introduces ‘The Forever Loop’

We meet the artist behind the brand new commission for The Curve and an energetic gallery experience like no other.
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The World of Charles and Ray Eames

Introducing the Eameses - explore the impact on design & architecture of this formidable couple and the Eames Office
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The Art of Mathematics

And now something different... Art meet maths for some contemplation and colouring with mathematician Alex Bellos.
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Fish Island Labs: Interfaces

The inaugural group showcase from our Fish Island Labs residents, our Foyers become an electronic playground...
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Neave Brown: Building for the Boroughs

Transforming the scope of council housing, architect Neave Brown explains how architecture helped revive post-war London
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Living #STSbarbican

Intimate performances, yurt explorations, dancers and painters - we weren't kidding that no two days will be the same
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Pae White’s Magnificent Obsessions

Curator Sophie Persson looks at White’s indiscriminate love of collecting & her collection of stylish Vera Neuman pieces
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Dr Lakra’s Magnificent Obsessions

Transporting us to the Mexican chacharas, Dr Lakra remembers the treasure trove markets where his collections began
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In Conversation: Jim Shaw

'I just see myself as the curator or collector of the work. I’m not the author' - discover Shaw's Magnificent Obsessions
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Peter Blake’s Magnificent Obsessions

With mutual love for elephant ephemera, Blake remembers visiting Howard Hodgkin, inspiring his ever-growing collection
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Photographing Your World

Taking their inspiration from 'Constructing Worlds', our curators choose their winning photographers from UAL students.
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Projecting Together

As seen at 'Digital Revolution', Universal Everything's collaborative art project goes on tour to the Southbank Centre
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Anonymous sculptures: Bernd & Hilla Becher

Finding beauty in the defunct and unused, Bernd and Hilla Becher present architecture as striking sculptures.
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Run, Jump, Shoot

With our Brutalist architecture as a backdrop, photographers explored their skills capturing the urban sport, parkour
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A Visit to Barbicania

Explore the personalities, lifestyle & architecture of our Brutalist masterpiece in an intimate and lively filmic map.
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Emotional architecture: Helene Binet

Breaking into the building site of the Jewish Museum, Helene Binet captures the emotion of this powerful building
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On Barbicania: Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine

Turning the camera on themselves, directors Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine reflect on the making of their Barbican portrait
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Walead Beshty in The Curve

A panoramic view of one year of artistic production, artist Walead Beshty introduces his new commission in The Curve.
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On the road: Stephen Shore

Join Stephen Shore on a vibrant photographic journey along the great American roadtrip
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Elias Redstone: ‘Shooting Space’

'Constructing Worlds' curator, Elias Redstone introduces photography and architecture in an extract from his new book.
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Gaultier’s Living Dolls

Thierry Maxime-Loriot explains more about the animated mannequins that bring Gaultier's fashion world to life.
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Your JPG jpgs

We take a front row seat to explore the new angles & details of Gaultier's work in your photographs from the exhibition
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Digging up the /root

From Pong to Toy Story, we dig into our digital culture with /root creator and digital archaeologist, Jim Boulton.
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Assemblance by Umbrellium

How do you create something from nothing? We speak to Umbrellium about their immersive, collaborative installation.
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In the City of Drones

Discover scenes from a lost drone’s journey through a digital landscape in John Cale and Liam Young's commission.
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Marshmallow Laser Feast’s ‘Forest’

Enter the forest of light in Bloomberg's SPACE gallery in Marshmallow Laser Feast's interactive laser installation.
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Straight-Up East London

Photographer Olivia Rose talks about capturing the unique street style of East London for Ram Place Fashion Market.
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Welcome to Digital Revolution

As we prepare for the revolution, curator Conrad Bodman takes us on a tour of our latest immersive exhibition
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Gaultier on London

From the architecture to the food, the clubs and the fashion, Gaultier shares his early experiences in the capital.
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Making Gaultier’s Spitting Image

Spitting Image founder and puppeteer, Roger Law, introduces his naughtiest, but perhaps most stylish, creation.
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The Breton Stripe

From high seas to high fashion, Amber Jane Butchart uncovers the origins of Gaultier's iconic motif.
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Reinventing The Corset

Think Gaultier, think corset. Fashion historian Valerie Steele explores the history of corset controversy and Gaultier
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Making Momentum

Visit the United Visual Artists studio as they talk us through the complex technology that powers 'Momentum'
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Beyond hair: Odile Gilbert’s Haute Coiffure

We visit hair stylist Odile Gilbert in Paris for a tour of her atelier and to hear more about her art.
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Google DevArt: when art and technology collide

In collaboration with Google, we announce our search to discover the next generation of creative coders in DevArt.
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In Photos: ‘Momentum’

Follow the light into United Visual Artists' Momentum in The Curve
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Introducing ‘Momentum’

United Visual Artist's Matt Clark introduces some of the themes and ideas behind their new installation, Momentum
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United Visual Artists present ‘Momentum’

United Visual Artists introduce Momentum, an installation of light, sound and movement designed specially for The Curve
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Welcome to Gaultier: His Fashion World

It may by Gaultier's fashion world but you are all invited with the first ever app dedicated to Jean Paul Gaultier
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Meet the Barbican: Jane Alison

'I can truly say that there has never been a dull moment' - we talk to the Barbican's Head of Visual Arts
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The Voices of Pop

Hearing from the experts and artists of Pop, we take a closer look at some of the key pieces in 'Pop Art Design'
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Pop Art Design: An Animation

In suitably colourful and vibrant style, our Pop inspired animation introduces our Pop Art Design exhibition
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Pop Art Design: the App

Explore 'Pop Art Design' and hear insights from curators, artists and designers in our first multimedia app
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Ayse Erkmen: Intervals

Celebrating the artistry of scenic painting, Ayse Erkmen introduces her new beautiful new commission for The Curve
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Pop Art Design: An Introduction

Dominic Lutyens introduces our latest exhibition, celebrating the role of design in the Pop art movement.
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Hanging out at Dalston House

Hula hooper Marawa the Amazing took her circus talents to the ledges of 'Dalston House' in our latest video.
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Martin Creed: FEELINGS

The Guildhall School unveil a new artwork by Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed at their new venue, Milton Court
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Welcome to Your Dalston House

We choose some of our favourite gravity defying moments from our online neighbourhood, Your Dalston House
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The house that Leandro built

We speak to the man behind the installation that has turned the art world on its head, Leandro Erlich
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Leandro Erlich’s Dalston House

Scale the walls of a Victorian house without your feet ever leaving the ground at Leandro Erlich's 'Dalston House'
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Digital Duchamp: Readymade for eBay

We speak to artist Liam Donovan about our final Digital Duchamp commission, 'Readymade for eBay'
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Digital Duchamp: Status Suit walks

Digital Duchamp takes to the streets of London and Berlin with John Wild's digital readymade, 'Status Suit'
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Digital Duchamp: Dusty Mariee

We climb to the top of Balfron Tower to see our first Digital Duchamp commission, Eleanora Oreggia's 'Dusty Mariee'
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Digital Duchamp: Dusty Mariee – the Brutalist kiss

We speak to our second Digital Duchamp artist about her unique commission, 'Dusty Mariee' at the top of Balfron Tower
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A Gallery ‘Event’: Richard Alston Dance Company

Richard Alston Dance Company bring Merce Cunningham's dynamic work to life amidst 'The Bride and the Bachelors'.
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Digital Duchamp: Dusty Mariee

Who - or what - is 'Dusty Mariee'? Watch this short film introducing our second Digital Duchamp commission.
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Digital Duchamp: Status Suit

In our first digital commission with Queen Mary, University of London, we celebrate Duchamp's lasting influence on art
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Duchamp, Cage and the Art of Chess

We talk to chess grandmaster Raymond Keene and chess player Barry Martin about the art of chess and Marcel Duchamp.
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Cunningham’s RainForest Reimagined

Rambert Dance Company bring new life to Merce Cunningham's iconic choreography in a one night performance in our gallery
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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

We visit the famed French couturier in Paris ahead of his first major UK retrospective at the Barbican next year.
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The Bride and the Bachelors: Audio Slideshow

Hear from the people behind the curation and staging of 'The Bride and the Bachelors' plus exclusive installation photos
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Wayne McGregor|Random Dance in Rain Room

As the rain fell in rAndom International's Rain Room, Wayne McGregor|Random Dance performed their unique choreography
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A Dance Around the Bride

What was Marcel Duchamp like? Find out in our animated introduction to the themes of 'The Bride and the Bachelors'
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Marcel Duchamp: Between Art and Life

Art historian Paul B. Franklin explores the rich connections between Duchamp, Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns
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Curating The Bride and the Bachelors

We speak to Carlos Basualdo, curator of 'The Bride and the Bachelors' about the creation of this fascinating exhibition
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In Rain Room – Wayne McGregor|Random Dance

Choreographer Wayne McGregor discusses the making of Random Dance's unique Rain Room performances
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rAndom International present Rain Room

What does it feel like to control the rain? Experience rAndom International's elemental new commission in The Curve
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