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David Hockney Exhibition opens in London

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Looking for an exciting and culturally enriching way to spend the upcoming half-term break? 

Look no further than the acclaimed David Hockney Exhibition at Lightroom. This captivating exhibition promises a blend of art, innovation, and inspiration that will engage visitors of all ages. It is a fantastic opportunity for families to come together, share in the wonder of Hockney's artwork, and create lasting memories. 

Kids under 5 go free (before 6pm) and there is a special 15% discount for families booking together in selected slots up to a maximum of two adults and four children.

Hockney, one of the world's most acclaimed and popular living artists, has used this extraordinary four-storey-high innovative venue in Kings Cross to take the audience on a personal journey through his art, featuring iconic paintings alongside some rarely seen pieces and some newly created work. His life-long fascination with the possibilities of new media is given vibrant expression in a show that invites visitors to see the world through his eyes. 

In a cycle of six themed chapters, with a specially composed score by Nico Muhly and a commentary by the artist himself, Hockney reveals his process to us. His voice is in our ears as we watch him experimenting with perspective, using photography as a way of 'drawing with a camera', capturing the passing of time in his polaroid collages and the joy of spring on his iPad, and showing us why only paint can properly convey the hugeness of the Grand Canyon. We join him on his audio-visual Wagner Drive, roaring up into the San Gabriel Mountains, and into the opera house by means of animated re-creations of his stage designs.  

From LA to Yorkshire, and up to the present day in Normandy, the show is an unprecedented opportunity to spend time in the presence of one of the great popular geniuses of the art world still innovating, still creating beauty and awe. 

 "The world is very very beautiful if you look at it, but most people don't look very much. They scan the ground in front of them so they can walk, they don't really look at things incredibly well, with an intensity. I do." 

David Hockney, from the soundtrack of 'Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away)'  

The show is the result of three years' close collaboration between David Hockney and the creators of Lightroom. It will be the first in a repertoire of original shows, made with leading artists and innovators, aspiring to be visually astonishing, alive with sound and rich in new perspectives.   

Lightroom is located in King’s Cross on Lewis Cubitt Square, adjacent to Coal Drops Yard and Central St Martin’s. It was designed by Haworth Tompkins as a sister space to the award-winning Bridge Theatre in SE1.  The generous foyer will contain a café/bar run in collaboration with St John, a gift shop and seating in the foyer and outside on the square. The venue will be open seven days a week throughout the day and on most evenings. 

[ For more information visit the Lightroom website ]

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