This exhibition explores the role of monuments and memorials in the 21st century, through seven projects by celebrated British-Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye OBE.

In this exhibition, Sir David Adjaye examines the idea of the monument and presents his thinking on how architecture and form are used as storytelling devices.

Monuments are a record of who we are and are deeply ingrained in our psyche as a way of memorialising our triumphs and failures. However, the form that monuments take, and the way they are experienced, is constantly changing. This exhibition shows that contemporary monuments are no longer static objects in a field – plaques, statues or neo-classical sculptures – but are dynamic and complex spaces that serve a wider purpose.

The show features projects such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, the new National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra and the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in London. Highlights include a full-scale section of the Sclera Pavilion for London Design Festival 2008, a replica library area from the Gwangju River Reading Room in South Korea, as well as inspiration materials including a sculpture by the early 20th-century Yoruba artist Olowe of Ise.

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Open daily 10:00 – 18:00 (last exhibition entry 17:00)

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