New Hayward Gallery Café

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Gallery pitstops take on an artistic vibe at the new Hayward Gallery Café

The Hayward Gallery café has undergone a bright and bold refresh courtesy of new public art commission macule (2023) by Taiwanese artist Michael Lin. Injecting a burst of vibrancy into the iconic brutalist building, the specially commissioned wallpaper is part of the Southbank Centre’s continued commitment to present engaging and inspiring free art for all to enjoy.

The café has also introduced a new, 100% vegan and vegetarian menu with ingredients locally sourced from London based suppliers. To address the food surplus issue, the café has also partnered with organisations such as Waste Knot and Too Good to Go.

Born in Taichung, Michael Lin is a visual artist living and working in Taipei and Brussels. Internationally known for his large-scale installation work of floral murals on architectural surfaces, macule is a colourful wallpaper installation completely covering the walls of the Hayward Gallery café. Situated above the main entrance to the gallery, the commission will be available to experience for up to two years.

In Lin’s signature style, the wallpaper features a repeated plum blossom motif used in
traditional Taiwanese, Chinese and Japanese textile designs, layered in hues of pink, reds
and yellows. By using this motif, Lin navigates various visual languages and traditions, presenting the intersection of cultural identities and encouraging visitors to engage in shared culture.

Michael Lin, says: “For this commission I was interested in making visible the printing process. By incorporating the discarded proofs of the printing process into the main motif, the work seeks to destabilise the cultural reference. Both visually and materially I see it as a temporal counterpoint to the concrete environment of the architectural envelope.”

Images: Installation view of Michael Lin, macule, 2023. Photo: Rob Harris. Courtesy of
the artist and Hayward Gallery.

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