Ryan Gander: The Artists Have the Keys

Inspire by the furniture and fittings that Ernö Goldfinger designed for 2 Willow Road, Ryan Gander has created new works to be interspersed with the collection inside the architect’s Modernist home.

The Hungarian-born architect is best remembered for the residential tower blocks he designed as part of the government scheme to solve the housing shortage after World War II. These include the 27-floor Balfron Tower in the East End and the 31-floor Trellick Tower in North Kensington, both key examples of Brutalist architecture.

2 Willow Road is the home he designed for his own family in 1939 and it still contains his collection of modern art, personal possessions and furniture. British artist Ryan Gander has used these objects to create a new series of work.

For example, Anyone with a family is motivated by money, is a self-assembly moneybox that follows the same slot-together technique Elizabeth Goldfinger used when making the lounge chairs.

Meanwhile a children's book written by Gander, entitled The Boy Who Always Looked Up, is presented as an audio-visual work referencing Goldfinger's relationship to Trellick Tower.


Venue details

2 Willow Road 2 Willow Road, Hampstead London NW3 1TH 020 7435 6166 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/2willowroad

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6 )

2 Mar – 1 Nov

Wed – Sun, 11am – 2pm entry by guided tour only (every hour on the hour, places allocated at the door), 3 – 5pm independent viewing