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When Forms Come Alive

February 7 @ 8:00 am - May 6 @ 5:00 pm

£18 – £19

Spanning over 60 years of contemporary sculpture, this exhibition highlights ways in which artists draw on familiar experiences of movement, flux and organic growth.

Inspired by sources ranging from a dancer’s gesture to the breaking of a wave, from a flow of molten metal to the interlacing of a spider’s web, the artworks in When Forms Come Alive conjure fluid and shifting realms of experience.

Undulating, drooping, erupting, cascading and promiscuously proliferating, these sculptures invite a tactile gaze, and trigger physical responses. In an era when our encounters are increasingly digitised and disembodied, these artworks call to mind the pleasures of gesture and movement, the poetics of gravity and the experience of sensation itself.

Palpably dynamic, they proclaim that nothing in the world stays the same, that everything is moving, seething, changing and transforming.

Inviting a tactile gaze and triggering a physical response, When Forms Come Alive is one of the most anticipated exhibitions of 2024 according to Time OutEvening Standard and AnOther Magazine.

The exhibition features work by 21 international artists: Ruth Asawa, Nairy Baghramian, Phyllida Barlow, Lynda Benglis, Michel Blazy, Paloma Bosquê, Olaf Brzeski, Choi Jeong Hwa, Tara Donovan, DRIFT, Eva Fàbregas, Holly Hendry, EJ Hill, Marguerite Humeau, Jean-Luc Moulène, Senga Nengudi, Ernesto Neto, Martin Puryear, Matthew Ronay, Teresa Solar Abboud and Franz West.

The exhibition is generously supported by the When Forms Come Alive Exhibition Supporters’ Group: Bianca and Stuart Roden, Simon Morris and Annalisa Burello, White Cube, Thomas Dane Gallery, Gagosian, Sprüth Magers, David Zwirner Gallery and Sarah Cannon. Additional support has also kindly been provided by the Henry Moore Foundation, Hauser & Wirth and Fluxus Art Projects.

The Hayward Gallery is open:

Wed – Fri, 10am – 6pm
Sat, 10am – 8pm
Sun, 10am – 6pm



February 7 @ 8:00 am
May 6 @ 5:00 pm
£18 – £19


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Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
London, SE1 8XX United Kingdom
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