Invisible: Art About the Unseen 1957-2012

The Hayward Gallery hosts an imaginarium of art this summer, with a survey of works that explore ideas related to the invisible, the hidden and the unknown.

Don't miss On show (or not) will be the 'air architecture' of Yves Klein, one of the earliest proponents of invisible art; Andy Warhol's Invisible Sculpture, created when the artist stepped on and off a plinth in New York's Area nightclub; Tom Friedman's Untitled (A Curse), a circle of space above an empty plinth on which the artist hired a practising witch to cast curses; and Yoko Ono's Instruction Paintings, a set of typed instructions exhibited on the wall that encourage the audience to create the work in their imagination.

Other major artists to be represented include Robert Barry, Chris Burden, Maurizio Cattelan and Carsten Höller

Venue details

Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX 020 7960 4200

Entry details

Reduced price entry with National Art Pass – £5 (Standard entry charge is £8)

Mon – Wed, Sat – Sun, 10am – 6pm
Thurs – Fri, 10am – 8pm

Call 0844 847 9910 or book online.

What the critics say


It is a moving and inspiring encounter with some of the greatest art in the world and you can't ask more of a blockbuster than that.


This ambitious show brings some of the most finely wrought objects together as the alloy makes a return to fashion


With unrelenting energy, and in never-before rivalled detail, the exhibition pursues its arguments, hammering them in harder and harder with the benefit of historical hindsight.


There's an undeniable energy and vitality to this art, and there is work here, particularly by the older artists, that genuinely takes you to another intellectual place.


Bronze at the Royal Academy of Arts is a grand exhibition of epic conception and sweep that will leave people exhilarated


Works in the most durable medium in the history of art are assembled in a bravura display

  • Jackie Wullschlager
  • FT


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This show puts its faith in the audience, in our willingness to think and our openness to ideas.


The show is almost entirely without visual interest " so if that's what you're after, go to the Royal Academy. But everything else about it is fascinating.


By giving us little to see, it actually makes us look harder.