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From acclaimed architects, to Turner prize-winning artists, Barbican Art Gallery presents major exhibitions by leading international figures. See some of the best exhibitions in the heart of the City of London, including a dynamic mix of architecture, design, fashion and photography.

The Curve is an art space and home to an exciting series of new commissions created for The Curve by contemporary artists.

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Opening hours

Daily 11.00-20.00
Tue & Thu 11.00-18.00
Thursdays open until 21.00
14th and 15th May open until 22.00

Closed 24-26 December, open New Year's Day from 12.00

Admission charges

Adults £8 online/£10 on the door
Concessions £7 online/£8 on the door

Other performances and exhibitions vary.

Getting there

The nearest stations at Barbican and Moorgate. The Barbican is also a short walk from Liverpool Street and Farrindon Stations.

Additional info

The Main entrance at Silk Street is ramped and lifts give access to all levels. All our venues have seating for wheelchair users - please inform us of any access requirements on booking. There are three wheelchairs for visitors' use, subject to availability; these can be pre-booked by calling the Box Office on 020 7638 8891.

An induction loop is provided in the Concert Hall and Cinema. Visitors with hearing aids can make use of this facility by switching their hearing aid to the 'T' position. A radio network system is provided in the Theatre and Pit - visitors with hearing impairments may benefit from this facility. Headsets can be collected from Theatre Stalls Right prior to performance.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Beth Ditto and Jean Paul Gaultier celebrate on the catwalk

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

  • 9 April — 17 August 2014 *on now

The first major exhibition devoted to Jean Paul Gaultier, the celebrated French couturier, opens at the Barbican in April 2014.

This dynamic installation of more than 140 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments explores Gaultier's fashion world, from his witty and boundary-pushing designs to his ceaseless interest in society, identity and a beauty borne of difference. The exhibition includes costumes for film and performance including iconic pieces such as the conical bra and corsets Madonna wore during her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour, stage costumes designed for Kylie Minogue as well as pieces created for the films of Pedro Almodóvar and Luc Besson's The Fifth Element.

The exhibition also features a wealth of photography by collaborators such as David LaChapelle, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol, as well as footage of catwalk presentations, concerts, music videos, films, dance performances and Gaultier's cult television show, Eurotrash.

The exhibition is complemented by the Film World of Jean Paul Gaultier, a season curated by the designer and featuring films in which he worked as costume designer and those which have inspired and influenced his life and work.


Standard: £14.50
Concessions (OAPs and unemployed): £12.50
Art Fund members: £12.50
Students: £9
13-17 yrs: £9
School groups of 10 or more (primary, secondary and sixth form up to age 19): £7.50
Access members: £7.25
Under 12s: Free
Timed tickets in operation. Please book in advance.


Installation of neon and and digital screens

Digital Revolution: An immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and videogames

  • 3 July — 14 September 2014 *on now

Digital Revolution explores and celebrates the transformation of the arts through digital technology since the 1970s.

The exhibition brings together for the first time a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers pushing the boundaries of their fields using digital media. It also looks to the future considering the impact of creative coding, DIY culture, digital communities and the creative possibilities offered by technologies including augmented reality, artificial intelligence, wearable technologies and 3D printing.

The exhibition includes new commissions from artists Umbrellium (Usman Haque and Nitipak 'Dot' Samsen); Universal Everything; global music artist and entrepreneur; and a collaboration with Google in the form of digital art installations called DevArt.

The exhibition will also present work by Oscar-winning VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin for Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking film Inception alongside artists and performers including Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Chris Milk, and Philip Glass.

The exhibition builds on the Barbican’s rich history of championing pioneering artists using technology. It is the focus of a series of events presented by the Barbican throughout the spring and summer of 2014 that focuses on artists using digital media.


Standard: £12.50
Concessions: £10.50
12–17 yrs: £8.50
Students: £8.50
5–12 yrs: £5
Under 5: free
Secondary school groups: £6.25
Primary school groups: £5
Barbican Members: Free


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Constructing Worlds Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age

  • 25 September 2014 — 11 January 2015

Since the very first photograph, architecture has proved to be an enduring subject matter for photographers. Constructing Worlds looks beyond the medium’s ability to simply document the built world and explores the power of photography to reveal wider truths about society. The exhibition brings together 250 works – some rarely seen and many shown in the UK for the first time – by 18 leading photographers from the 1930s to now, who have changed the way we view architecture and think about the world in which we live.

Beginning with Berenice Abbott’s ground-breaking photographs charting the birth of the skyscraper in New York, the show takes the visitor on a global journey of twentieth and twenty-first century architecture, including: Lucien Hervé’s subtle evocations of modernity as found in Chandigarh by Le Corbusier; the luxury lifestyle of Julius Shulman’s images of California’s residences; the moving nature of Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum as seen by London-based photographer Hélène Binet; the recent dramatic growth of Chinese urbanisation recorded by Nadav Kander and the devastating effects of war in Afghanistan as expressed in the poignant images of Simon Norfolk.

Artists include: Berenice Abbott, Iwan Baan, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Hélène Binet, Walker Evans, Luigi Ghirri, Andreas Gursky, Lucien Hervé, Nadav Kander, Luisa Lambri, Simon Norfolk, Bas Princen, Ed Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Julius Shulman, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Guy Tillim. The exhibition is designed by the internationally recognised Brussels architecture firm, Office KGDVS, led by Kersten Geers and David Van Severen.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Walead Beshty: A Partial Disassembling of an Invention Without a Future: Helter-Skelter and Random Notes in Which the Pulleys and Cogwheels Are Lying Around at Random All Over the Workbench

  • 8 October 2014 — 8 February 2015

A Partial Disassembling of an Invention Without a Future: Helter-Skelter and Random Notes in Which the Pulleys and Cogwheels Are Lying Around at Random All Over the Workbench sees the London-born, Los Angeles-based artist Walead Beshty transform the Curve by covering the wall of the gallery from floor to ceiling with more than 12,000 cyanotype prints.

Each cyanotype (a photographic print with a cyan-blue tint) is produced using an object from the artist’s studio, which is placed on a porous surface (such as discarded paper or cardboard) that has been coated with UV-sensitive material. After being exposed to sunlight, the object’s silhouette appears against a cyan-blue background.

The installation presents the cyanotypes in chronological order, to form a visual diary, beginning with those created in October 2013 in Los Angeles, and ending with work created in London by Beshty over this summer, using materials from the Barbican and the surrounding environment.

The exhibition is accompanied by an events programme, to be announced.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
A Time and Place

A Time and Place: Musical Meditations on the First World War

  • 18 September 2014 7:30-10:30pm

A multimedia evening inspired by the lives and stories of the generation that witnessed the First World War. Featuring Mercury Prize-nominated singer-songwriter Sam Lee, Becky Unthank, Rachel Unthank, Adrian McNally and more artists to be announced, the event also includes video design by Matt Watkins.


£16.50 – 18.50 plus booking fee*


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A Partial Disassembling of an Invention Without a Future

  • 9 October 2014 — 8 February 2015

For his first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery, Barbican has commissioned the artist Walead Beshty to create a new work for the Curve. Over 12,000 cyanotype prints, created by Beshty over the course of a year are installed from floor to ceiling along the 90m long wall of the Curve, making use of the gallery’s panoramic quality. Each cyanotype is produced using an object from the artist’s studio – which is placed on a porous surface (such as discarded paper or cardboard) that has been coated with UV-sensitive material and exposed directly to sunlight, producing the object’s silhouette against a cyan blue background. The process began in Beshty’s studio in Los Angeles in October 2013 and culminates in London, where the last group of cyanotypes are made with materials sourced from the Barbican and its surrounding area. The installation is presented in chronological order, allowing the work to be read as a year-long visual diary, providing clues about the artist’s physical and temporal location, about its making and creating an imprint of the world around it. Walead Beshty’s Curve commission – titled after a 1979 lecture by the avant-garde filmmaker, photographer and writer Hollis Frampton – is part of the Barbican’s Constructing Worlds season and it opens on 9 October 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Barbican Walking Guide

Explore the areas around the Barbican and its intriguing architecture. The guide can be downloaded for free and will take you around the highwalks which are some of the most interesting design features of the Barbican complex.

Getting there

The nearest stations at Barbican and Moorgate. The Barbican is also a short walk from Liverpool Street and Farrindon Stations.