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See the Barbican in a golden glow

A new film by the guy behind the award winning documentary about the last days of the Robin Hood Gardens estate in east London, has turned his gaze upon the Barbican itself and how sunset transforms the buildings.

Abbey Road Studios photography exhibition

There’s a small exhibition at the moment in The Barbican showing off photos taken inside the famous music studios at Abbey Road.

Yto Barrada’s bizarre exhibition at the Barbican

The curve, that wonderful massive space for art at the Barbican sometimes has queues around the block so good is the art on display. And sometimes, you’re left scratching your head in bewilderment.

Tickets Alert: Interactive art thingy on the Barbican Highwalks

Next weekend there’s free interactive art thing happening, and its set among the Barbican Highwalks, that optimistic, or infuriatingly complex, set of elevated pedestrian passages in the City of London.

Tickets Alert – Light and music show in a road tunnel

A road tunnel running underneath the Barbican estate is to be closed to traffic for a weekend next month, and turned into a light and sound installation.

A pop-up clean air garden at the Barbican

If you’re wandering around the back of the Barbican, you might spy a lot of steel tubes with a seemingly random selection of plants in them.

Museum Meals – Barbican Foyer Cafe

The Barbican has almost as many food establishments as it has concert halls and galleries, so which to choose from.

A dystopian delight of Sci-Fi on display at the Barbican

A vast display of science fiction memorabilia is filling an inky black space within the brutalist heart of the Barbican at the moment.

The Barbican sheds infra-red light onto the refugee crisis

Discordant noises in a darkened room with black and white imagery blasting at your eyeballs.

Gerald Scarfe and Pink Floyd at The Barbican

Drawings and designs by the surrealist artist, Gerald Scarfe are on display at the Barbican at the moment.

Surreal disappointment in The Curve’s latest display

The curve is a vast space within the Barbican which has on occasions really hit the mark with its displays, leading to long queues to go inside. And sometimes, it’s almost empty.

Hypnotic Illuminated Islamic art at the Barbican

In the Barbican at the moment, you can find a large geometric sculpture with geometric lines projected onto it and a background musical track.

From Punk to Modern Day – the Zine Movement

The Barbican library has put on a display of “zines”, those self-printed pamphlet style magazines that marked a certain sub-culture which still needed to promote and communicate.

Living in the Barbican Estate

As part of a series of exhibitions about the construction of the Barbican housing estate, the latest takes a look at how the empty concrete shells were turned in homes to live in.

Where the Shadows are so Deep at The Barbican

A curved expanse drifting into darkness and miniature illuminations are interspersed with red flowers dripping blood.

Skyscraper made from wood for the Barbican?

A concept has been shown off which could see that bastion of concrete brutalism invaded by natural materials — in the form of a wooden skyscraper more than twice the height of the current buildings.

The Barbican: Building a Landmark

Imagine being told to cast vast slabs of concrete, then told to manually grind away the surface, and do that to an entire housing estate. That is how the Barbican got its distinctive look. A series of displays in the

Baffling canoe art in the Barbican

There is a canoe being dragged around an empty room at the Barbican, because that’s what art does these days.