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Superstructures: The New Architecture 1960–1990

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The Sainsburys Centre for Visual Arts opened back in 1978, meaning this year it celebrates its 40th birthday. The Sainsburys Centre for Visual Arts was the first public building designed by Norman Foster, the world-renowned architect. 

To celebrate its 40th birthday this year, the Sainsburys Centre is opening a magnificent exhibition titled Superstructures: The New Architecture 1960–1990. The exhibition is going to document the evolution of architecture from the 1960s up to the 1990s. The Sainsburys Centre was opened in 1978, therefore lies in the centre of the time period documented by the exhibition. The exhibition will show how the Sainsbury Centre was made and how previous engineering accomplishments inspired Superstructure buildings. After World War Two, architectural developments were discovered such as new technologies, lightweight structures, building techniques and cutting-edge engineering solutions.

The fascinating exhibition will enable you to view a variety of interesting objects, ranging from drawings and paintings, to furniture and product design, to photographs and film. 

Alongside the exhibition, a selection of iconic models will also be displayed. These will include the Pompidou Centre by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, International Terminal Waterloo by Nicholas Grimshaw and the Hopkins House by Michael and Patty Hopkins. A brand new model of the Sainsburys Centre will also be available to view, sitting at an impressive 3 meters long.

Superstructures: The New Architecture 1960–1990 is on between 24 March - 2 September 2018. Tickets will cost £12 and £10.50 for concessions. Members and student members go free. For more information, please visit the Sainsburys Centre for Visual Arts website.

Georgia Dawson

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