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Last chance to see Matthew Barney's Redoubt at the Hayward Gallery, London

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

Redoubt is Matthew Barney’s newest body of work centred around the eponymous feature-length film. The show also includes a series of complex and striking sculptures cast from burned/fallen trees, more than 40 electroplated copper plates and engravings and marks a major new course for the renowned artist and film-maker. Redoubt addresses universal themes like ecology, cosmology, the role of artistic creation, interweaved with modern American political narratives.

Diana (2018) by Matthew Barney, Cast and machined brass, and cast and machined copper.
Gallery view of Diana (2018) by Matthew Barney, cast and machined brass, and cast and machined copper.

“Redoubt” is a military term for a type of defensive fortification, often improvised and remote. A “national redoubt” refers to a region with natural features, such as mountains, into which a country’s army could hide to regroup. More recently, the term “American Redoubt” was adopted by some American survivalists for a part of the north-western United States, including Idaho (the location for Barney’s film) - a state with some of the US’s most relaxed gun laws.

"Matthew Barney’s film is a western that reaches for the cosmic. Build[s] an emotional power that’s unusual in any kind of art.” (Glenn Kenny, The New York Times)

All artworks refer to the filmic scenario’s take on access rights and trusteeship of common lands through the story of a wolf hunt. The narrative of the “breathtakingly beautiful” (New York Times) Redoubt is somehow inspired by the classical myth of Diana and Actaeon from Ovid’s Metamorphoses (8 AD). The film is shown on a loop in the exhibition at the Hayward Gallery. Ticket holders will receive a unique code and link to watch it online via the film streaming platform MUBI until Sunday 1 August 2021.

📍 Visit "Redoubt" at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

📆 Until 25 July 2021.

⏰ Open Wednesday – Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm and Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm (the gallery is closed on Monday and Tuesday).

🎫 Book tickets here.

🚇 The closest London Underground stations are Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee, and Waterloo & City lines) - just a five-minute walk - and Embankment (District & Circle lines) - a lovely seven-minute walk.


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