History Is Now

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Open: Wed-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm with advance booking

Southbank Centre Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX, London, UK
Open: Wed-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm with advance booking


History Is Now


History Is Now
to Sun 26 Apr 2015
Wed-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm with advance booking

History Is Now at Hayward Gallery, London, from February 10 to April 26, 2015

Seven artists take on the cultural history of the United Kingdom. In the run-up to the 2015 General Election, History Is Now offers a radical new way of thinking about how we got to where we are today.


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John Akomfrah, Simon Fujiwara, Roger Hiorns, Hannah Starkey, Richard Wentworth and Jane and Louise Wilson have each been invited to curate sections of the exhibition, looking at particular periods of cultural history.

Their varied and highly original curatorial ‘takes’ on Britain provide fresh perspectives and illuminate key moments in the nation’s journey from the post-war period to the present day.

The artists pursue inventive ways of exploring our recent history, spanning ideas and topics as varied as the Cold War, post-Thatcherite society, protest movements, feminism, BSE, and celebrity culture.

They present over 250 objects from both public and private art collections as well as everyday artefacts including maps, costumes, newspapers, films, and personal diaries, together with scientific and military displays.

While each section of the exhibition is distinct in both focus and style, taken together, History Is Now provokes reflection and debate on the events, people, and objects that have shaped the nation in recent decades, so informing our future decisions and directions.

History Is Now is co-curated by Dr Cliff Lauson, Hayward Gallery Curator.

A full-colour catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition, illustrating the artists’ sections and including an essay by Cliff Lauson and newly commissioned texts by six diverse writers: Sheila Dillon, Adrian Forty, Daniel Fujiwara, Charlotte Higgins, Jackie Kay, and David Mellor.


“From flak jackets to flotsam to Farrow & Ball, seven artists curate an inspired cultural history of postwar Britain” – Tim Adams reviews the exhibition:

Photography: Linda Nylind. Courtesy of the artists and Hayward Gallery, London

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