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What’s on in February: the best C20 architecture, art and design

This February round-up highlights exhibitions and events in the UK that we think will be of interest to fans of C20 architecture, art and design.

Out There: Our Post-War Public Art
East Wing Galleries, Somerset House, London from 3 February to 10 April
The first major exhibition by Historic England covers post-war public art from 1945 to 1985, including works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Geoffrey Clarke. Out There highlights the contrasting fates of these site-specific pieces –  some sculptures and reliefs continue to be celebrated and enjoyed, while others have suffered damage, relocation or destruction. More.

C20 Post-War Public Art Walk – In the City Saturday 6 February
C20 Post-War Public Art Walk – On The South Bank Saturday 20 February
To mark the Historic England exhibition C20 has organised these two walks with City of London Guide and Tate Guide Alexandra Epps. The City tour will include war memorials, and works by Elisabeth Frink and Gavin Turk; on the South Bank you can learn about sculpture commissioned for the Festival of Britain. Tickets for both of these events include the walk, a new sculpture map and entrance to the Historic England exhibition at Somerset House. More.

Brutalust: Celebrating Southampton’s Post-War Architecture
K6 Gallery, Southampton from 10 January to 7 April
One of the more unusual gallery spaces we’ve seen – a pair of red K6 phone kiosks – hosts this exhibition of new photography of post-war Southampton, featuring work by Greg Moss, Daniel Cane and James Newell. More.

Giacomo Manzù: Sculptor and Draughtsman
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London from 15 January to 3 April
A chance to see 50 works by the renowned Italian sculptor, in the setting of a Grade II-listed Georgian house. Manzù is renowned for his seated nude, Francesca, and for ecclesiastical works such as his Gate of Death for St Peter’s Basilica.

Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture
Royal Academy of Arts, London from 26 January to 20 April
The RA’s new exhibition focuses on 12 architects who have “broken the mould of British architecture”. From Robert Smythson in the Elizabethan era to Zaha Hadid and FAT in the 21st century, this is a celebration of the original and the unorthodox, challenging conventional ideas about architecture and how it should be practised. C20 has organised events looking at the work of Goodhart Rendel, Stirling and an interior tour of Holden’s 55 Broadway in association with this exhibition. More.

Tonico Lemos Auad
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill from 30 January to 10 April
These works by the London-based Brazilian artist focus on the psychological impact and therapeutic properties of gardening, in an exhibition reflecting the venue’s location, history and relationship to mental health and well-being. More.

Last chance to see
The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Barbican Art Gallery, London until 14 February
Moulded plywood nose cones, films, toys and chairs are all showcased in this inspiring exhibition at London’s Barbican on the work of America’s most prolific and inventive C20 designers. Don’t miss it! More.

Walter’s Way – The Self-Build Revolution
Architectural Association School of Architecture from 16 January to 13 February
Learn about the pioneering work of Walter Segal (1907-85) in the field of self-build housing in the UK.   More.

David Jones: Vision and Memory until 21 February
Pallant House Gallery
To coincide with the WWI centenary, Pallant House presents 80 works by painter, engraver and poet David Jones (1895-1974), covering this extraordinary artist’s long career.

Still showing
Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture
Tate Modern until 3 April
See more than 100 works by the pioneer of kinetic sculpture, who was also a key figure in shaping the history of modernism. More.

Modern Scottish Women Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two), Edinburgh until 26 June
Women artists take centre stage in this fascinating exhibition covering 80 years of Scottish art. More.

Tibor Reich
Whitworth Gallery, Manchester to August 2016
The Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2015 will host this centenary retrospective of the work of the Hungarian-born textile designer. More.


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