Artistic Visions Unite At Hayward Gallery

April 10, 2024

Hayward Gallery's When Forms Come Alive is a breathtaking survey of modern and contemporary sculpture that transcends the boundaries of traditional exhibitions. The six-generation showcase masterfully explores the concept of flux, creating an immersive experience that engages all senses and invites constant movement.

Installation View of Tara Donovan.
Photo credits: Jo Underhill; Hayward Gallery

One of London's most celebrated contemporary art galleries, The Hayward Gallery presents the most innovative and adventurous international art exhibitions, hosting three to four major temporary exhibitions a year.

When Forms Come Alive showcases the exceptional talent of 21 international artists, each contributing their unique vision to create an immersive and thought-provoking exhibition. The diverse roster of artists includes Ruth Asawa, Nairy Baghramian, Phyllida Barlow, Lynda Benglis, Michel Blazy, Paloma Bosquê, Olaf Brzeski, Choi Jeong Hwa, Tara Donovan, DRIFT, Eva Fàbregas, Holly Hendry, EJ Hill, Marguerite Humeau, Jean-Luc Moulène, Senga Nengudi, Ernesto Neto, Martin Puryear, Matthew Ronay, Teresa Solar Abboud, and Franz West.

Installation View of Ohyllida Barlow.
Photo credits: Jo Underhill; Hayward Gallery

Visitors are immersed in a universe where sculptures appear to inhabit the gallery, continually changing and rearranging to suit the viewpoint of the observer. This dynamic setting promotes inquiry and engagement and creates a special bond between the viewer and the artwork.

Installation View of Franz West.
Photo credits: Jo Underhill; Hayward Gallery

Similar to the mysterious pink sphere hanging from the ceiling, every object in the exhibition offers a variety of interpretations. Empty chairs highlight the human element of the artwork and its capacity to transcend its physical form by encouraging reflection and storytelling.

Installation View of Holly Hendry.
Photo credits: Jo Underhill; Hayward Gallery

When Forms Come Alive features artwork that defies conventional expectations and definitions. When they come into contact with us, they take on our perceptions and the stories we tell about them. This exhibition serves as a reminder that the act of seeing art has the same transforming potential as the art itself, demonstrating the power of art to arouse wonder and amazement.

Installation View of EJ Hill.
Photo credits: Jo Underhill; Hayward Gallery

This is an experience that goes against our perceptions of what art is and should be. It is more than just an exhibition. The artworks on exhibit serve as a reminder that art is capable of existing outside of its physical medium and reflecting our interpretations and the narratives we choose to surround it. Anyone looking to rethink their relationship with contemporary sculpture must see this fascinating and thought-provoking exhibition.

Installation View of Studio DRIFT, Michel Blazy and Olaf Brzeski.
Photo credits: Jo Underhill; Hayward Gallery

When Forms Come Alive is a testament to the power of artistic collaboration and the impact of generous funding. The diverse group of artists and fans unites despite distance and artistic differences to produce a truly remarkable event. This exhibition is a masterful example of how the joint efforts of artists and patrons may result in a cultural event that is truly transforming and motivating.

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