Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:00

Metahaven – Islands in the clouds

Sukhdev Sandhu visits the first museum exhibition by Metahaven, the studio that branded Wikileaks.

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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:00

Luton Overlay

Two sets of photographs – one by an outsider, another by locals – highlights Luton's sense of loss and abandonment, says Owen Hatherley

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Friday, 18 January 2013 09:56

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

The first European retrospective of Kahn’s work in 40 years makes Owen Hatherley wonder about the architect’s place in the pantheon.

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Friday, 26 October 2012 15:20

Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style

The Barbican's exhibition devoted to Britain's national fantasy figure and his secret service toys invited us to think of James Bond as a kind of design object. As the new Bond film opens, here's Will Wiles on "the drone strike in a dinner jacket".

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Friday, 29 June 2012 14:59

Masters of Chaos

The Musée du Quai Branly has cast contemporary artists as modern-day shamans working with the forces of disorder. But by displaying artworks next to artefacts from every continent and period of history, the show raises complicated questions about art and ethnography.

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Friday, 15 June 2012 16:19

Bauhaus

This summer blockbuster is the largest UK exhibition on the Bauhaus in over 40 years. The exhibition traces the life and work of Bauhaus' students and masters, and introduces an insightful way of looking at the famous school. Here's Owen Hatherley's review.

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Friday, 11 May 2012 12:12

British Design, 1948-2012

With the 1948 “Austerity Olympics” as its starting point, the V&A surveys 60 years of British design, architecture and fashion. From punk posters to Laura Ashley florals, the exhibition questions contrived notions of national identity to reveal a country caught between modernity and nostalgia. Here’s our review.

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Thursday, 01 March 2012 16:12

Archizines

James Pallister flicks through a pile of super-niche publications and wonders how long they’ll last.

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Thursday, 01 March 2012 16:05

Gerhard Richter

A retrospective of the artist’s work highlights the tension between the agony of loss and the futility of marking it, says Charles Holland.

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Thursday, 01 March 2012 15:57

Metabolism, the City of the Future

A tale of postwar visionaries has a lot to say to post-earthquake Japan, says Julian Worrall.

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Thursday, 01 March 2012 15:46

Building the Revolution

Infinite ambition was the strength and the weakness of the Russian constructivists, says Agata Pyzik.

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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 11:17

Postmodernism

A rollercoaster ride through three decades of cynicism exposes the crassness of an era best left behind, says William Wiles.

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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 11:06

Printemps de Septembre

This multi-venue Toulouse biennial transforms the experience of wandering into a psychological journey, says Francesca Gavin.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012 09:39

Lee Friedlander

The American photographer's irreverent perspective exposes the superficiality of car-worship, says Isabel Stevens.

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Friday, 17 February 2012 14:13

Mathaf Museum; MIA Park, Doha

Fireworks and a new sculpture park give the Gulf’s richest country a chance to put on a display of culture in its capital.

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Wednesday, 09 November 2011 14:27

Hidden Heroes

Bubble wrap, teabags, pencils and corkscrews are among the quotidian subject matter of Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things, which opens at the Science Museum in London today. Icon reviewed the show in issue 089, after its first showing at the Vitra Design Museum.

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Friday, 21 October 2011 13:59

Miracles and Charms

An exhibition of miracle votives and lucky charms at London’s Wellcome Collection explores the ways in which humans comfort themselves in the face of chance suffering and the greater unknown.

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Friday, 14 October 2011 11:58

Kenneth Grange: Making Britain Modern

The Design Museum's show devoted to Kenneth Grange says as much about postwar Britain as it does about the legendary designer

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Monday, 10 October 2011 09:30

Talk to Me

Talk to Me, MoMA's current exhibition, is a bold display of some 200 interactive-media projects including a Rubik's cube for the blind and a finger implant that can recognise text. Here's our review.

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Friday, 26 August 2011 12:05

The Vorticists

With only a week left to see The Vorticists at Tate Britain, we bring you Owen Hatherley’s review of this exhibition celebrating the “insurgent avant-garde” art movement that flourished in London before and during World War One.

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