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24 September 2013

Brutal and Beautiful: Saving the Twentieth Century

Brutal and Beautiful: Saving the Twentieth Century
25 September - 24 November 2013, Quadriga Gallery

From cathedrals to private houses, war memorials to sculptures, the new exhibition curated by English Heritage, at the Quadriga Gallery celebrates the post-war era and its best listed buildings. It is 25 years since the first major post-war buildings were listed. Brutal & Beautiful: Saving the Twentieth Century Now the Royal Festival Hall and Coventry Cathedral are popularly admired but at the time post-war listings were fiercely debated and the future Tate Modern was rejected. Brutal & Beautiful looks at our love/hate relationship with England's recent architectural past and asks 'what is worth saving?' Brutal & Beautiful: Saving the Twentieth Century.

Using stunning photography and video interviews with architects and clients of post-war listed buildings the exhibition will show what makes the post-war era special and why the very best of its buildings are worthy of protection.