This Mirror-Filled Art Exhibition Will Really Mess With Your Melon

Guy Parsons Guy Parsons


Step inside the hall of mirrors at ‘Space Shifters’, at the Hayward Gallery.

Mirror mirror on the wall, what’s the most confusing art exhibition of all? Right now, it might be this new show on the Southbank, dedicated to all things reflective, refractive and generally shiny.

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‘Narcissus Garden”, Yayoi Kusama. Photo:@ annabelysa

The curators have brought together works from other twenty artists that play with your sense of perception. Perhaps the most intriguing is WeltenLinie (2017) by Alicja Kwade, a bewitching setup of black frames, some containing highly-polished mirrors and other not, that will have you questioning exactly what’s real.

Space Shifters
Photo: @yangatang

As you can see, it’s possibly the most dangerous place to play ‘chase’ ever.

Elsewhere you’ll find mirrors travelling around on foot, a slowly rotating V-shaped contraction that appears to make the whole room spin, parabolic lenses and corridors of one-way glass that seem to melt into nothingness.

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Then, head upstairs to check out the room-filling 20:50 installation by Richard Wilson. By flooding the space with engine oil, it appears the pathway into the centre is actually leading out over a huge void.

into the void
Photo: @chutney_puwali

There are also compositions created from shattered safety glass, escalator handrail belts, chain curtains and golden tetrahedrons to discover.

Hayward Gallery Space Shifters

Fun stuff. It’s on until the end of the year, so go take a look!

Location: Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, 337 Belvedere Road. Nearest station: Waterloo. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: Wed-Mon, 11am – 7pm (except until 9pm, Thursdays), until Jan 6.
Price: £16.50 for regular adults, various other discounts available. U12s free.
More information: on their website.

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