Barbican Centre

Gaultier! Gautier! Gaultier!

Victoria Sadler | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Sadler

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier is the first comprehensive exhibition of the work of this celebrated enfant terrible of fashion. And it is a vast, extraordinary exhibition full of iconic celebrity pieces and sexually provocative fashion.

Barbican's New 'Pop Art' Show Is Way More Than Just Popular

Christine Coco Jun | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine Coco Jun

The Barbican's latest Pop Art Design show presents a fresh take on a movement spanning the 50s to 70s--the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the collaboration between the designers and artists responsible for shaping our postmodern attitudes.

The Bride and the 'Bachelors'

Dr Michael Petry | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Dr Michael Petry

Museum signage and catalogues usually inform viewers of relevant heterosexual relationship between artists, or their subjects; for example, of relationships between Picasso and his female lovers who he often painted. Why are museums not similarly candid about same-sex relationships?

Matthew Tucker

Moving On From The Riots - London's Youth Find Their Voice | Matthew Tucker | Posted 23.12.2012 | Home

Traumatised by the London riots of 2011, the youth of London have found their voice once again in the short-lived production Unleashed. Over th...

Matthew Tucker

'A Night Of World Class Dance' - New Work 2012 (REVIEW) | Matthew Tucker | Posted 23.12.2012 | Home

Need an antidote to the rush of modern life? New Work 2012 by Michael Clark Company, showing at the Barbican, brings contemporary dance and music ...

Matthew Tucker

Mademoiselle Julie (REVIEW): Juliette Binoche Stars In Strindberg's Classic | Matthew Tucker | Posted 23.12.2012 | Home

"The writing in this play is worthy of all eras," says director Frédéric Fisbach of August Strindberg's Mademoiselle Julie, a tale of gender, cl...

Designing 007: Fifty Years of James Bond Style at the Barbican is a Nostalgic Throwback

Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 21.09.2012 | Home
Samuel Luckhurst

This year was always destined to be a seminal one for the United Kingdom. Whatever your disillusion may be about Great Britain, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics have and will draw the eyes of the world onto the British Isles. And a third comes in the form of Bond, James Bond.

Oh, Yes!

PA | Posted 20.06.2012 | UK

Ursula Andress's bikini from her Dr No beach scene will join three more of the most famous swimsuits from the 007 movies in an exhibition to mark 50 y...

Cate Blanchett's Talent Makes Big and Small an Immeasurable Success

Emma Sheppard | Posted 29.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Emma Sheppard

I have this terrible habit of booking tickets to plays that sound interesting then months later, moments before curtain up, I realise I haven't got a clue what the plot is and wonder if I'm going to be sat for three hours in the dark, literally and metaphorically. I had a bad Beckett experience once.

Don't Throw It Away, I'll Put It On Display

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 16.02.2012 | Home

Song Dong's Waste Not is a fascinating exhibition offering an insight into Chinese Cultural Revolution and an intimate snapshot of his family life. ...

A New Year's Resolution for 2012: Give Contemporary Classical Music a Chance

Paul Kilbey | Posted 29.02.2012 | Home
Paul Kilbey

It can be hard to know what resolutions to come up with at New Year. Last year I think mine had something to do with washing socks. I didn't stick to it. But, in the spirit of Christmas, here is one ready-made for you. It isn't even that hard to keep. It is simply this: give contemporary classical music a chance.

London is a Cultural Capital of the World

Sir Nicholas Kenyon | Posted 13.02.2012 | Home
Sir Nicholas Kenyon

As 2012 looms, the questions are still being asked: will it be a triumph or a tragedy, a uniquely exciting moment or a great missed opportunity? Will the Olympics drain away much-needed arts funding, or enhance the standing of UK culture around the world?

Stop Listening To So Much Damn Music

Paul Kilbey | Posted 13.12.2011 | UK
Paul Kilbey

I went to bed at about half past eleven last night. That's fairly early for me. (Read on, this gets interesting.) I was quite tired, having finished work late, and then I'd had two cocktails, which were great but did not serve to wake me up. All in all, come half past eleven, I wanted to go to sleep.