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Open Daily 10:00 - 17:00 Call: 0191 515 5555

BOOK BY PHONE: 0191 568 9700

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Facade: Through a Glass Darkly

18 March- 10 July 2011

Alexander Apóstol / Foster + Partners / Gelitin / Gregor Schneider / Ian Kiaer / Jeffrey Sarmiento/ Michael Raedecker / Mossessian and Partners / Ola Kolehmainen / Phil Coy / Sauerbruch Hutton / Heike Klussmann and Thorsten Klooster.

In architecture the façade of a building has always been a key design feature - defining the identity, or face, of a building. This exhibition will explore through artists’ and architects’ work, how facades can be used to both reveal and conceal – and often what, upon closer scrutiny, lies beneath the surface: the tension between appearance and reality.

One of the most striking architectural developments over the last 50 years has been the increasing presence of glass façades, which have become all but ubiquitous, at least in larger towns and cities, affecting both our environment and people’s lives. Firstly shops, then offices and more recently apartment blocks have been clad increasingly in ever greater expanses of glazing.

This exhibition explores some of the origins of this in the radical writings and architecture of the 1910s onwards, the subsequent development of glass technologies, and the range of its manifestations and effects since.

It also throws this seeming ‘triumph of transparency’ into relief, by contrasting it with its inverse: the blank, dark or broken/blind façade in architecture.

And reflecting contemporary developments, it will look at how new glazed-façade technology seems to metamorphose between the transparent and the opaque, hinting at a more ambiguous play between material surface and its depth - what lies beneath.

Curated by Rob Wilson, developed from an original idea by Grainne Sweeney, NGC.

Further information

Behind the Facade: A talk by Andy Gollifer

6pm, Tuesday 7 June, The National Glass Centre, FREE

During this event, The National Glass Centre’s architect, Andy Gollifer, will lead you through the initial conception, design and construction of NGC. This event will be chaired by Carol Botten, Director of Northern Architecture. 

Why not join NGC’s learning team for a free guided tour of the Façade Exhibition before the talk starts. Talks will take place at 5pm and 5.30pm on Tuesday 7 June. 



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