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.
The sixties – A flourishing age of abstract modernism. But while the rest of Europe blossomed in abstracts expressionism, Britain was still recovering from war in terms of art. The awakening came when the Whitechapel Gallery in London presented Mark Rothko’s first solo exhibition outside of America in 1961.
He was everything else than a new discovery by that time. Rothko played already a major figure in the art industry since the 1950s. And his European premiere was huge, pulling over crowds from all over the country.
From September 2011 to February 2012 the Whitechapel Gallery took us 50 years back, celebrating the show that introduced Britain to the American artist. The exhibition was much smaller this time, but still represented a meaningful subject. The show took part in one little room of the gallery, presenting eyewitness accounts, letters and pictures of Rothko’s visit in England.
Tate Modern is one of my favorite places to visit in London on a rainy day.
The Tate Gallery of Modern Art is one of the worldwide most famous museums of contemporary art. Located in the former Bankside Power Station, the huge machinery was removed and the building was stripped back to its original steel structure and brickwork. The turbine hall on level one became a dramatic entrance and display area while the boiler house became the galleries.
Tate Modern presents artworks of the most influential contemporary artists. Visitors can indulge in the eras of Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Minimalism, Pop Art and Conceptual Art.
A storm of visitors embellishes London’s Hayward Gallery since it has opened the doors for David Shrigley’s exhibition Brain Activity – and it turns out to be a unique experience as soon as you pass the threshold. As you step into the lift which takes you to the top floor, you hear David Shrigley’s retrospection of a monkey: “Do you remember those days when we would copulate whenever we liked and defecate whenever we chose?”, a dark voice asks through the speakers. It is the perfect introduction for the exhibition which you’re about to enter.
What costs nothing is worth nothing. Wrong! Visit London and you’ll find out that the most famous museums and art galleries are for free. London has some of the best galleries and museums in the world. From the renowned British Museum to the V&A and Tate Modern art gallery, there is something of interest to everyone. I want to introduce you to a few of them: