Hayward Gallery
exhibition

Bridget Riley

23 OCT 2019 – 26 JAN 2020

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

Hayward Gallery presents a 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

Hayward Gallery opening times

11am – 7pm every day except Tuesdays when the gallery is closed. Late night opening on Thursdays until 9pm.

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This exhibition contains paintings with optical effects, please speak to one of our hosts if you require extra assistance.

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Installation view of Bridget Riley,  Red with Red Triptych, 2010 at Hayward Gallery 2019 © Bridget Riley 2019, Photo: Stephen White & Co
Various times
23 Oct 2019 - 26 Jan 2020
Various times | 23 Oct 2019 - 26 Jan 2020
art & exhibitions
A major retrospective exhibition spanning 70 years of this celebrated British artist’s work
A major retrospective exhibition spanning 70 years of this celebrated British artist’s work
View of the interior stairs at Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Sun 15 Dec 2019
4:00 pm | Sun 15 Dec 2019
art & exhibitions
accessible events
Experienced tour guide Martin Glover delivers a BSL tour of our Riley retrospective
Experienced tour guide Martin Glover delivers a BSL tour of our Riley retrospective

Free

Free

Various times
5 Nov 2019 - 21 Jan 2020
Various times | 5 Nov 2019 - 21 Jan 2020
courses & workshops
Expand your creativity on a nine-week film-making programme for people with dementia
Expand your creativity on a nine-week film-making programme for people with dementia
Bridget Riley, Pink Landscape, 1960 © Bridget Riley 2019. All rights reserved.

Free

Free

10:00 am
Wed 08 Jan 2020
10:00 am | Wed 08 Jan 2020
art & exhibitions
accessible events
A relaxed and calm environment for visitors with access requirements
A relaxed and calm environment for visitors with access requirements
Bridget Riley, Aria, 2012. © Bridget Riley 2019. All rights reserved.
7:00 pm
Thu 09 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Thu 09 Jan 2020
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
US-based curator Lynne Cooke discusses Riley’s innovative practice
US-based curator Lynne Cooke discusses Riley’s innovative practice
Sean Shibe, guitarist
Various times
Fri 10 Jan 2020
Various times | Fri 10 Jan 2020
art & exhibitions
classical music
A rousing performance of old and new music for guitar within our major Bridget Riley retrospective
A rousing performance of old and new music for guitar within our major Bridget Riley retrospective
London Contemporary Orchestra – Rushes
7:30 pm
Fri 17 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 17 Jan 2020
classical music
An art installation responds to the sound of the LCO playing Michael Gordon’s mesmerising piece Rushes
An art installation responds to the sound of the LCO playing Michael Gordon’s mesmerising piece...
Bridget Riley, Rajasthan, 2012
1:00 pm
Sat 18 Jan 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 18 Jan 2020
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
Take part in a stimulating half-day event devoted to the work of celebrated British artist Bridget Riley
Take part in a stimulating half-day event devoted to the work of celebrated British artist Bridget...

tours

Visit the exhibition in the company of special guests, the exhibition’s curatorial team and our Hayward Gallery tour guides. Tours take place weekly, on Thursdays at 6.30pm and Saturdays at 2pm, and take approximately 45 minutes.

Free with same-day exhibition ticket.
  
Thursday 12 December
Ralph Rugoff, Hayward Gallery Director
 
Sunday 15 December
British Sign Language tour delivered by Martin Glover
Please note that this tour takes place at 4pm.
 
Thursday 19 December
Lucy Biddle, Exhibitions Interpretation Manager, Hayward Gallery
 
Thursday 16 January
Alyssa Bacon, Curatorial Assistant, Hayward Gallery 

Every Sunday at 2pm
Catch one of our Spotlight Talks, a free 10-minute talk by one of our Hayward Gallery hosts, focusing on a single artwork.


private guided tours

Looking for a VIP exhibition experience for your group? Private guided tours are available with our experienced Hayward Gallery tour guides. These one-hour tours are available for groups of up to 20 people anytime the gallery is open to the public, and are £100 per group in addition to group exhibition entry.


group bookings

Groups of ten people or more can get discounted entry prices for weekday visits when tickets are booked and paid for in advance.

Adult groups: £16.50 peak (Fri – Sun) or £14.50 off-peak (Mon – Thu)
Secondary school, college and university groups: £5 per student (free tutor tickets when bringing a group of 10+ students)
Primary schools ages 4 – 11: free
Lambeth & Southwark schools ages 4 –16: free
 
To book a private tour or to make a group booking, call our group ticket line on 020 3879 9555 (open on Mon – Sat at 10am – 6pm and Sun at 12 noon – 6pm) or email groups@southbankcentre.co.uk for more information.

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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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