People either hate or love contemporary art. I belong to the “love” category. Even if many art works are incomprehensible, most of them just look great – especially at London’s Saatchi Gallery.
Since its opening in 1985, the gallery exhibits Charles Saatchi’s contemporary art collection to the public. The gallery has provided a springboard to launch many careers in art industry (including Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin). Even today many of the displayed artists in the gallery are unknown to the public, which allows a fresh and untouched look at modern art. Sure, you can always argue if a piece is rather crap or art. Fact is, it’s the art of our current age and everyone should at least have a look at it before making up a final opinion.
Especially the photography collections are a perfect reflection of the variety of styles in today’s art industry. I loved Berndnaut Smilde’s “Nimbus II” and the work of Andreas Gefeller – and Phoebe Rudomino’s still “imagine” fascinated me so much, that I really need to find a print version for my apartment.
The gallery itself is located in a spacious building with 15 different showrooms. The bright white rooms with the tall ceilings are a great setting for Saatchi’s of-the-moment art collection.
Visiting the Saatchi Gallery is for free and the nearest tube station is Sloan Square. I’d recommend to visit the gallery on a Saturday. Then you’ll also get the chance to walk along the Duke of York Square Food Market in front of the building.