Psycho Buildings, Artists take on Architecture, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, U.K

The Hayward’s huge spaces will be filled with artist-designed architectural environments, which will spill onto the three outdoor sculpture terraces, radically altering the interior and exterior of the gallery. Inside a floating , translucent apartment and a room frozen in a moment of explosive disaster are amongst the installations that will both enchant and disconcert visitors. Outside on the Gallery’s sculpture terraces, installations including a huge iridescent observatory and a working cinema will alter the exterior face of The Hayward. Visible from the surrounding area and across the Thames and illuminated by night, they add a significant public dimension to this major exhibition. 

The ten artists are: Atelier Bow-Wow (Japan), Michael Beutler (Germany), Los Carpinteros (Cuba), Gelitin (Austria), Mike Nelson (UK), Ernesto Neto (Brazil), Tobias Putrih (Slovenia), Tomas Saraceno (Argentina), Do-Ho Suh (Korea), Rachel Whiteread (UK). 

Borrowing its title from a book by the artist Martin Kippenberger, the exhibition brings together the work of artists who create habitat-like structures and architectural spaces that are mental and perceptual spaces as much as physical ones. The exhibition invites visitors to immerse themselves in a series of ten atmospheric, enthralling and unsettling installations. Combining architectural and artistic design with the use of light, colour and smell to trigger responses, these dynamic constructions actively encourage viewers to become adventurous participants. The scale and ambition of the exhibition means many of the artists will be working in the gallery for over a month in order to realise their installations. 


ATELIER BOW-WOW, Life Tunnel, 2008

Designed by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto & Momoyo Kaijima




Staircase – V, 2003/04/08




Stone Lip, Pepper Tits, Clove Love, Fog Frog, 2008



LOS CARPINTEROS, Show Room, 2008

Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés & Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez




To The Memory of H.P Lovecraft 1999, 2008




Venetian, Atmospheric, 2007




Observatory, Air-Port-City, 2008


To find out more about these individual projects please visit The Hayward Gallery, London, the exhibition runs from 28th May – 25th August 2008.


2 Responses to “Psycho Buildings, Artists take on Architecture, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, U.K”

  1. Mandy Says:


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  2. Anssi Sojakka Says:

    A very interesting blog! Good work.

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