Hayward Gallery

Bridget Riley

23 OCT 2019 – 26 JAN 2020

★★★★★ 'a mesmerising lifetime retrospective' The Observer

Hayward Gallery's major retrospective exhibition devoted to the work of celebrated British artist Bridget Riley.

Developed in close collaboration with the artist herself – and in partnership with National Galleries of Scotland – it is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of her work to date.

Tracing both the origins and the evolving nature of Riley’s innovative practice, the exhibition brings together the artist’s iconic black-and-white paintings of the 1960s, expansive canvases in colour, early figurative works and recent wall paintings.

Alongside Riley’s best known canvases, the exhibition will also include rarely-seen drawings, studies and preparatory materials that offer an insight into the artist’s working methods from 1947 to the present day, as well as Continuum (1963/2005), the only three-dimensional work that the artist ever realised. 

Spanning 70 years of Riley’s work, this exhibition offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to experience powerful and engaging works by one of the most important artists of our time.

This exhibition is organised by the National Galleries of Scotland in partnership with the Hayward Gallery.

★★★★★ a shimmering, rolling, flickering spectacular
The Guardian
★★★★★ stupendous exhibition
Evening Standard
★★★★★ optical tricks that inspire
The i
★★★★ a beautiful show of stunning art by a vital figure in art history
Time Out

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'a shimmering, rolling, flickering spectacular'
The Guardian ★★★★★

'stupendous exhibition'
Evening Standard ★★★★★

'optical tricks that inspire'
The i ★★★★★

'a mesmerising lifetime retrospective'
The Observer ★★★★★

'a beautiful show of stunning art by a vital figure in art history'
Time Out ★★★★


The exhibition is generously supported by Sotheby's, The Baring Foundation and the Bridget Riley Exhibition Supporters' Group: Ivor Braka, The Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation, Christian and Florence Levett, Liz and Luke Mayhew, Victor and Elena Pinchuk and Prowinko Pro Art.

With additional support from Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin | Paris | London, David Zwirner and Sprüth Magers.

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