Architecture round-up

Published 10 July 2014

Brilliant bridges, Mackintosh buildings and the power of Louis Kahn – we round-up the best architecture events around the country.

1. Mondrian and his Studios and Claude Parent
6 June – 5 October 2014, Tate Liverpool
50% off entry with National Art Pass

Piet Mondrian's abstract works were not only radical in their explorations of form and colour, but also in the unique relationship they had with the space around them. This new exhibition provides new insights into the artist’s practice, particularly how it was influenced by the architecture within which it was produced. There is also a chance to see avant-garde architect Claude Parent’s radical installation in the Wolfson Gallery for free, as part of the Liverpool Biennial.

2. Bridge

27 June – 02 November 2014, Museum of London Docklands

Free to all

Drawing on the museum's significant art collections, Bridge is the largest art exhibition ever to be staged at the Museum of London Docklands. It features rarely seen contemporary and historical artworks, alongside photography and film, documenting the huge variety of London’s bridges, as well as their cultural significance.

3. Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

9 July – 12 October 2014, Design Museum

50% off entry with National Art Pass

Louis Kahn is regarded as one of the greatest architects of the 20th century and drew on a range of eclectic influences, from ancient ruins to the DNA double helix and primary geometry. This exhibition shows sketches, travel journals and photographs as well as a four-metre-high model of the spectacular City Tower designed for Philadelphia (1952–57).

4. Mackintosh Architecture

18 July 2014 – 4 January 2015, Hunterian Art Gallery

50% off entry with National Art Pass

This show explores the career of the Scottish artist-architect, whose designs were influence by modernism, symbolism and art nouveau. A new research project led by the Hunterian Museum provides a broad overview of his practice, celebrating his high- and low-status buildings in equal measure.

5. Antony Gormley: Room

Permanent, Beaumont Hotel, London

Antony Gormley’s immense sculpture Room, perched on the side of London’s Beaumont Hotel, is both an exterior and interior work of art. Resembling a crouching man, the piece is actually a fully functioning hotel suite. The artist describes it as 'a hermit’s cave, a primal space within the city but removed from the city entirely'. If you can’t afford the £395 a night, Room can be viewed at street level for free.

6. Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age

25 September 2014 – 11 January 2015, Barbican Art Gallery

Reduced price entry with National Art Pass

This show brings together 18 exceptional photographers from the 1930s to the present day who have changed the way we view architecture and perceive the world around us. Featuring London Skyscrapers, post-war Californian suburbs and other works of iconic architects including Le Corbusier and Charles and Ray Eames.

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