For many years the exterior of this gallery - a grey windowless building - was harshly criticised for its likeness to a bunker: it was said that the building holds no resemblance whatsoever to an exhibition hall. In spite of a well considered and interesting exhibition policy, it definitely was not the most pleasant place in London. The recent renovation seems to have brought about a drastic change of situation: more daylight, wider exhibition rooms and the plate-glass pavilion designed by the American artist Dan Graham - that is the image of the Hayward Gallery of today.
Although - in spite of the criticism - it has always been a prestigious exhibition hall that has presented both avant-garde and classics and offered a way of examining the legacy of the Great Ones from a radically different point of view, the Hayward Gallery has also served as an influential support base for young and promising artists. The administration of the Hayward has never limited the gallery to a single period or a particular mode of artistic expression.
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