Building Utopia: The Barbican Centre | Nicholas Kenyon
Batsford brings us the book that the Barbican deserves. A large-format, heavyweight volume celebrating the building's 40th anniversary that captures everything from the institute's creation to its unique branding and visual identity. Monster.
The Barbican Centre in the City of London opened in 1982, and has become one of the world's foremost cultural centres, renowned for its innovative, diverse programming across all the art forms. Drawing together in one architectural vision great spaces for theatre and dance, music of all genres, visual arts, cinema and creative learning, welcoming a wide range of artists, communities, audiences and visitors, the Barbican is a microcosm of the changing world of culture and the arts in the post-war years.
This book explores the impetus behind the creation of the Barbican in detailed chapters by Robert Hewison, Nicholas Kenyon and Elain Harwood. It has invited distinguished critics to give their independent views on the art forms across the years: Fiona Maddocks on music, Lyn Gardner on theatre, Tony Chambers on visual arts, Sukhdev Sandhu on cinema, and there are fascinating first-hand fragments of oral history from those involved. It also contains a wealth of rare illustrative and archive material from the Barbican's archives, some never before seen in print, illuminating the plans and the programmes of the last forty years.
This visually stunning book is an essential companion to a unique, vibrant and ever-changing institution.
Size: 218 x 287mm