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Horror in the Modernist Block

Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS

Tel: 01212480708

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Modern architecture is often associated with the horror genre. In fiction and film, high-rise towers and concrete buildings form the backdrop to terrifying stories of dystopias. Ikon presents new and recent work by 20 UK and international contemporary artists exploring the relationship between the aesthetics of architectural modernism and horror.

The exhibition takes Birmingham as its starting point, a city renowned for its brutalist architecture. It considers how these artists unpack the often-contested legacies of modernist buildings through the lens of horror by linking its tropes (suspense, darkness) with qualities of modernist design. Configured in dialogue with the architecture of Ikon's galleries, it will take viewers on a journey that highlights how the design and features of a building can shape not only our movement and perception, but also our deepest fears.

This exhibition is supported by Fluxus Arts Projects.

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Opening Times

25 Nov 2022 - 1 May 2023

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IKON Gallery exteriorIkon Gallery, West MidlandsIkon is Birmingham's leading contemporary art gallery. Located in a dramatic Victorian building - formerly a boarding school - Ikon presents a regular programme of exhibitions, events, learning workshops and seminars.

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