AF Patrons' private tours of Rain Room and Lina Bo Bardi: Together

Last week AF Patrons and Supporters enjoyed having rAndom International’s hugely successful Rain Room opened up to them for a private viewing, followed by a discussion with Florian Ortkrass, one of the founding directors.

The immersive installation designed by rAandom International, fills the Barbican’s Curve Gallery with a 100m field of falling water. The thousands of droplets respond to presence and movement, enabling visitors to wander through and experience how it might feel to influence the rain. Visitors can stand in the gallery, surrounded by torrential downpour; yet remain dry, as the water halts above them.

Waiting times for the highly acclaimed exhibition continue to average 3 hours, so we were delighted to be able to offer our VIPs this unique opportunity, as one of the many special events we host in our monthly VIP programme.

Recently AF Patrons and Supporters also enjoyed a special private tour of Lina Bo Bardi: Together, led by the exhibition’s curator Noemi Blager, and joined by creator of the art installation, Madelon Vriesendorp, filmmaker Tapio Snellman, and exhibition designer-makers, Lewis Jones and Adam Willis of Assemble. Each shared with us their unique outlook on the exhibition and the importance of Bo Bardi's work.

Lina Bo Bardi: Together, hosted at The British Council's central London offices, celebrates the work of the Italian architect through a series of art and film installations. Her influence in Brazil has earned her an impressive and previously under-acknowledged legacy. Bo Bardi, who moved to Brazil in 1946, translated her ideas for a better society into innovative buildings such as Glass House, SESC Pompéia, and MASP, which had social responsibility at the forefront of their designs. The exhibition aims to create a more direct experience of Lina’s projects through a form of re-enactment, bringing a London audience closer to the experience of Lina’s buildings in their urban environment.

For more information on how to become an AF Patron and access our programme of VIP tours, previews and networking events please contact Development Coordinator Joanne Jolley.