Sat 19 Jun 2010–Sun 5 Sep 2010


Ernesto Neto and The New Décor

Ernesto Neto: The Edges of the World

This summer, dramatic, immersive installations by internationally renowned artist Ernesto Neto transform the Hayward Gallery’s upper galleries and its three outdoor sculpture courts. Renowned for his sensuous sculptures, Neto creates site-specific installations with an abstract, biomorphic quality – evocative of skin and interior body systems – that encourage visitors to engage with their surroundings and each other. In this, the artist’s most ambitious exhibition to date, visitors can explore a sequence of interlinked spaces that merge sculpture and architecture. Wander through fabric installations, relax in cushioned soft spaces, ascend stairs into artworks overhead and, following on from his signature ‘nave’ works, venture barefoot through an all-encompassing nylon vessel. Exploring new directions in his practice, Neto also presents his first outdoor installations on the gallery’s sculpture courts. Whether submerged in a sculptural pool* or balancing on an undulating path, visitors animate the artworks through their participation.

*Admission to the pool is free, but must be booked in advance by telephone 0844 847 9910. Please note that your exhibition ticket does not entitle you to admission to the pool.

To use the pool, you must read the terms and conditions before visiting.

Read the FAQs to find out more.

Changing huts/rooms are provided next to the sculptural pool. But you must bring your own towel.

(Tickets for Ernesto Neto include entry to The New Décor in the Lower Galleries.)

The New Décor

The New Décor is an international survey of some 30 contemporary artists whose work explores interior design as a means of engaging with changes in contemporary culture. Liberated from the constraints of functionality, artists in the exhibition present objects that look as though they could belong in a fantastical model home, such as a bed inspired by a Los Angeles freeway overpass or a sci-fi inspired chandelier. By dismantling the borders between interior decoration, sculpture and installation art, these artists reinvent the familiar forms of furniture and lighting to reflect on the social, historical and psychological narratives embedded in these everyday objects.

(Tickets for The New Décor include entry to Ernesto Neto in the Upper Galleries.)

Part of Festival Brazil sponsored by HSBC.

**Prices include a £1 voluntary donation in support of the Hayward Gallery. If you are a UK tax payer, thanks to Gift Aid, Southbank Centre can reclaim the tax you have paid on the whole entry fee, not just your donation. If you want to opt out of the donation, the standard admission charges are: Full price £10, Senior £9, Students / Concessions £7, Young People 12 – 18 £5.50.
Concessions include full-time students and those on benefits (Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit and Disability Tax Credit). Appropriate documentation to be shown.

Related Links
Ernesto Neto Micro-site
The New Décor Micro-site

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