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A Short Guide to the Barbican Art Gallery

The Barbican Art Gallery is part of the Barbican Arts Centre which includes a theatre, cinema, conference centre, library and restaurants. The Gallery opened in 1982 and is known for its diverse arts programme which has featured art, architecture, design, fashion, photography and film.

The large exhibition space, created as part of the larger Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican Centre is two levels with balconies that give a very different perspective. The large open spaces have been used to create different exhibition spaces within the limits of the gallery.

Since its first exhibition, Aftermath France, 1945-54, the gallery has developed a reputation for taking on themes such as recent exhibitions like Masculinities: Liberation through Photography and Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins.

Some recent exhibitions have included Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer, Lee Krasner, Dorothea Lange / Vanessa Winship, Basquiat, Trajal Harrell and Ragnar Kjartansson.

The Curve is a separate gallery space that uses the curve of the theatre to create an unusual space for mostly commissioned works. Admission is usually free.

Although tucked away in the concrete jungle of the Barbican, the Barbican Art Gallery offers an eclectic programme of art with prices generally lower that the main London galleries. The Barbican Centre is worth a visit for its unique architecture and interesting surroundings.

For more information and tickets, visit the Gallery website here

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