|Credit James Medcraft/Barbican|
|Here's a photo of the lavish interior of the
I took this photograph last Winter at the Gutai exhibition.
|Exterior of the Guggenheim, New York|
When it opened in 1959, the Guggenheim was deemed an eyesore because it was considered a work of (applied) art that could perhaps detract from the real art on view. Like the Barbican's space, the Guggenheim presented installation challenges — how to hang in a space that lacks 90-degree angles. But now, this New York gem is a coveted space for artists to use. Truly, artists of the modern and contemporary eras have risen to the challenge and embraced such overbearing structures and, as a result, have activated spaces in new ways.
Perhaps in a very short while, London's Barbican will become the kind of cultural icon that Solomon R.'s building has become.