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Stage is set for new exhibition celebrating Sainsbury Centre’s 40th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 17:51 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:07 22 March 2018

Jane Pavitt, left, co-curator of the exhibition, SuperStructures: The New Architecture 1960 - 1990, at the Sainsbury Centre, with Monserrat Pis Marcos, project curator, and the model of the Sainsbury Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Jane Pavitt, left, co-curator of the exhibition, SuperStructures: The New Architecture 1960 - 1990, at the Sainsbury Centre, with Monserrat Pis Marcos, project curator, and the model of the Sainsbury Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The stage has been set for the latest exhibition at Norwich’s Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in this special anniversary year for the iconic venue.

The model of the Sainsbury Centre, with Jane Pavitt, co-curator of the exhibition SuperStructures: The New Architecture 1960 - 1990. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe model of the Sainsbury Centre, with Jane Pavitt, co-curator of the exhibition SuperStructures: The New Architecture 1960 - 1990. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

SUPERSTRUCTURES: The New Architecture 1960-90 - which opens on Saturday - is marking the 40th anniversary of the opening of the gallery and it puts the venue itself centre stage alongside other landmark buildings.

It tells the story of many architects’ fascination with technology in the post-war decades and how a new style of modern architecture emerged from a generation who challenged convention.

Jane Pavitt, who is the co-curator of the exhibition alongside Abraham Thomas, said: “The exhibition takes inspiration from the Sainsbury Centre, which turns 40 this year and was the first public building designed by renowned architect Norman Foster.

“It explores architecture’s fascination with new technology and traces this influence through public buildings like the Sainsbury Centre and the Pompidou Centre, to private dwellings like the Hopkins House, factories and office buildings, and even to furniture.

Penelope Lucas, head of communications, with the model of Stansted Airport at the setting up of the exhibition, SuperStructures: The New Architecture 1960 - 1990 at the Sainsbury Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYPenelope Lucas, head of communications, with the model of Stansted Airport at the setting up of the exhibition, SuperStructures: The New Architecture 1960 - 1990 at the Sainsbury Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“The exhibition features many large-scale models, drawings, photography and even building components.”

SUPERSTRUCTURES will also invite visitors to explore how earlier feats of engineering such as The Crystal Palace inspired buildings like the Sainsbury Centre.

A brand new three metre long model of the Sainsbury Centre will also be displayed for the first time alongside a selection of iconic models on loan from international collections rarely seen together.

These include the Reliance Controls Factory by Team 4 (Sue Brumwell, Wendy Cheesman, Norman Foster & Richard Rogers); the Pompidou Centre by Rogers and Renzo Piano; Rogers’ Lloyd’s of London Building; Foster’s Willis Faber Dumas Office; Waterloo International Rail Station by Nicholas Grimshaw and the Hopkins House by Michael and Patty Hopkins.

SUPERSTRUCTURES: The New Architecture 1960-90 is at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, at the University of East Anglia, from March 24 until September 2.

Entry £12 (£10.50 concessions). For more information, visit www.scva.ac.uk


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