Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pop into the Barbican

Last month, loverboy and I spent a lovely Sunday at the Barbican.  It was pretty quiet, as it was just after Christmas, so we were able to get into the current exhibition without having to wait.

The Barbican Centre, for those that don't know, is a huge arts and conference centre (the largest in Europe), where you can see live music, theatre and dance, as well as art exhibitions.  It also has a cinema, showing new releases, alongside old movies.  There are restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat, as well as a library, where you can grab a book to read.

The Centre itself is located in the residential Barbican Estate, which also houses the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the London Symphony Orchestra. It is a great example of 1970s Brutalist architecture, and whilst some find it to be quite ugly, I really like the way that the Barbican looks - it's kind of like a huge urban playground!

It was fun wandering around and taking photos in the middle courtyard, as Aaron had not been before, and I will admit that the last time I was there, was for my graduation ceremony back in the mid-noughties.  How time flies!

After we had gotten suitably chilly snapping pictures and being silly outside, we went up to the Pop Art Design exhibition.  Unfortunately, no photos are allowed, so I can't share any images from the exhibit with you, but we did take some shots by the promotional posters...

Whilst the exhibition certainly wasn't anything ground-breaking, we really enjoyed it, and thought it was curated exceptionally well.  We got to see multimedia works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton, Charles and Ray Eames and my favourite, Roy Lichtenstein.

Here's my own little attempt at Pop Art.

The exhibition is on until the 9th February 2014, so there is still some time to go and see it before it ends.


  1. Oh that leopard coat looks great on you! The Barbican looks like a great place to spend some time.

  2. Oh I did want to visit this exhibition but it finishes the week before I'm in London!! Looks like you had a fun time exploring though :)

  3. Sounds like a good exhibition. Great shots of the Barbican, haven't been there in years.