24 Nov 2014—4 October 2015
Tate Britain celebrates the historic collaboration between Ronald Jenkins of Arup, architects Peter and Alison Smithson, sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and photographer Nigel Henderson. Part of the series BP Spotlights.
In 1949 Alison and Peter Smithson embarked on a radical new design for Hunstanton Secondary Modern School, Norfolk. The building, largely consisting of glass and a pre-soldered visible steel framework, marked an important moment in the development of British modernism. The project team included the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi, the artist-photographer Nigel Henderson, and the structural engineer Ronald Jenkins who had, the same year, become partner at Arup. It was also the first Arup assignment for Jack Zunz, who was later to become project director of the Sydney Opera House and Chairman of the firm.
The exhibition presents different work by this extraordinary cross-disciplinary group during the construction of Hunstanton School, notably the design for Ronald Jenkins’ office at Arup in 1951. On display are drawings and proposals, previously unseen photographs by Nigel Henderson, and sculptures by Paolozzi. Also included is reference to the group’s design and installation of the groundbreaking exhibition Parallel of Life and Art athe ICA in 1953.
Watch Tate’s film interview with Jack Zunz about working on Hunstanton School.