ICA

ICA
The Mall
London
Greater London
SW1Y 5AH
England

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The ICA supports radical art and culture. Through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, events, talks and debates, the ICA challenges perceived notions and stimulates debate, experimentation, creativity and exchange with visitors.

Founded in 1946 by a group of artists including Roland Penrose, Peter Watson and Herbert Read, the ICA continues to support living artists in showing and exploring their work, often as it emerges and before others. The ICA has been at the forefront of cultural experimentation since its formation and has presented important debut solo shows by artists including Damien Hirst, Steve McQueen, Richard Prince and Luc Tuymans. More recently Pablo Bronstein, Lis Rhodes, Bjarne Melgaard and Juergen Teller have all staged key solo exhibitions, whilst a new generation of artists, including Luke Fowler, Lucky PDF, Hannah Sawtell and Factory Floor have taken part in exhibitions and residencies.

The ICA was one of the first venues to present The Clash and The Smiths, as well as bands such as Throbbing Gristle. The inaugural ICA / LUX Biennial of Moving Images was launched in 2012, and the ICA Cinema continues to screen rare artists' film, support independent releases and partner with leading film festivals.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am – 11pm.

Exhibitions are open 11am – 6pm, except Thursday, 11am – 9pm.

Admission charges

Entry to the ICA is with Day Membership, set at £1. Day Membership includes access to art exhibitions and displays, as well as use of facilities such as the café bar and free wifi.

Collection details

Fine Art, Photography, Film and Media

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

First Happenings: Adrian Henri in the ‘60s and '70s

  • 27 January — 15 March 2015 *on now

First Happenings: Adrian Henri in the ‘60s and '70s, offers a focussed look at Adrian Henri’s pioneering role in the ‘happenings movement’ in Britain, setting up the first ‘Event’ in 1962, through to enabling various collaborative events into the 1970s.

As a painter, poet, musician and performer he was a central protagonist during a period of intense creativity and collaborative artistic endeavours that centred in Liverpool – at the time a parallel centre for such activity alongside London and New York. Henri corresponded with performance artists including Allan Kaprow, Yoko Ono and Mark Boyle and authored a landmark publication, Total Art, Environments and Happenings *Thames and Hudson, 1974).

Reflecting Henri’s eclecticism and insatiable curiosity, the display features numerous artefacts from the Adrian Henri estate, including original prints, collages, annotated scripts and hand-made posters for happenings, objects, ephemera, rock posters, counterculture documents and correspondence, as well as rare audio and video material.

Admission

Entry with Day Membership (£1)

Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/first-happenings-adrian-henri-%E2%80%9860s-and-70s

Dor Guez: The Sick Man of Europe

  • 3 February — 12 April 2015 *on now

In collaboration with The Mosaic Rooms, the ICA is presenting the first UK institutional solo exhibition of artist Dor Guez. As an artist of Christian Palestinian and Jewish Tunisian descent, living in Jaffa, he is considered a leading and critical voice from the Middle East whose practice questions contemporary art’s role in narrating unwritten histories. Entitled ‘The Painter’ this new installation is the first of five from a new body of work, The Sick Man of Europe. Guez's most ambitious project to date, it reflects on the military history and current political climate of the Middle East through the creative practices of individual soldiers from the region.

The installation presents the story of a painter-turned-soldier, a Jewish Tunisian who immigrated to Israel. The ’painter’ was conscripted to the Yom Kippur War as a reservist soldier in 1973 and, in recent years, has undergone psychiatric treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, part of which consists of repeatedly recording his memories of the war. These recordings are central to Guez’s new work, and relate directly to his artistic strategy of repetition and storytelling in re-evaluating accounts of the past.

Admission

Entry with Day Membership (£1)

Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/dor-guez-sick-man-europe

Viviane Sassen: Pikin Slee

  • 3 February — 12 April 2015 *on now

The ICA is delighted to present a solo exhibition of recent work by Viviane Sassen, a photographer who has garnered parallel critical acclaim as a fashion photographer and in the context of contemporary visual art. The content of the exhibition focuses predominantly on a body of work that Sassen made in Pikin Slee, Suriname in 2013. Pikin Slee is the second-largest village on the Upper Suriname River, deep within the Surinamese rainforest. The exhibition consists of black and white and colour works shot on an analogue camera.

In her first visit to Pikin Slee in the summer of 2012, Sassen was intrigued by the village and its inhabitants. Her eye was caught by the overwhelming natural beauty and the Saramacca's very traditional way of living, combined with the more mundane objects which seemed to seep through daily life. The Saramacca community are isolated from the outside world, living without running water, electricity, roads or the internet. The only way to access the village is by canoe, a journey of about three hours up-river. They grow their food on small agricultural plots, producing cassava bread, pressed maripa palm oil and dried coconut.

Admission

Entry with Day Membership (£1)

Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/viviane-sassen-pikin-slee

FB55

  • 24 March — 17 May 2015

FB55 is an archival display of Francis Bacon’s show held at its former premises on Dover Street in 1955. At the time it was Bacon’s first ever solo institutional exhibition in the UK. The presentation in the ICA Fox Reading Room will include a display of documents, installation photographs, press reviews, invitation cards and publications.

Having represented Britain at the Venice Biennale the previous year, alongside Reg Butler, Lucian Freud and Ben Nicholson, surprisingly little is known of about Bacon’s 1955 ICA exhibition. It was organised with the help of philanthropist, collector and ICA founder Peter Watson - then the richest man in Britain whose death a year later was shrouded in mystery.

An inspiration to a younger generation of artists, Bacon stood apart from the more youthful Independent Group (IG) whose direct use of photographic material would eventually become synonymous with the birth of Pop Art. That said, Lawrence Alloway - the leading critic of the day - would later cite Bacon, not Richard Hamilton, as the founding father of Pop Art; possibly in reference to Bacon's dependence on the kind of photographic imagery derived from films, popular magazines and newspapers.

Admission

Entry with Day Membership (£1)

Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/fb55

Ydessa Hendeles: From her wooden sleep…

  • 25 March — 17 May 2015

In “From her wooden sleep…”, Hendeles draws together disparate elements to compose a tightly choreographed tableau vivant. Continuing her daring explorations of psychologically charged cultural artefacts, Hendeles has staged this show to give visitors an unexpectedly intimate encounter with the work’s many suggestive elements.

Central to the installation is a remarkable and unique collection of 150 wooden artist manikins collected by the artist-curator over thirty years. Ranging in date from 1520 to 1930 and in scale from palm-size to life-size, the manikins surround a lone figure that stands exposed in the crossfire of their gaze. The intense focus of the scenario suggests a community gathering—perhaps in a courtroom, or at an auction, anatomy lesson or drawing class. The result is a multi-layered meditation on belonging.

Hendeles is a pioneering exponent of curating as a creative artistic practice. She is renowned for her large-scale, site-specific curatorial compositions. Her exhibitions are wide-ranging but precise, visually arresting and psychologically complex, but readily engaging to the general public. Pieces from the past are repositioned as keys to unlock the present. Blurring the line between collector, curator and artist, Hendeles has fashioned her own distinctive space in the contemporary art world. “From her wooden sleep…” is an extraordinary development in a singular career.

Suitable for

Admission

Entry with Day Membership (£1)

Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/ydessa-hendeles-her-wooden-sleep

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Culture Now: Ulay

  • 6 March 2015 1-2:30pm

A pioneer of Polaroid photography and one of the central figures of European performance art since the 1970s, Ulay (Uwe Frank Lausiepen) discusses his practice, spanning more than four decades.

This talk marks the publication of Whispers: Ulay on Ulay (Valiz, 2014).  Compiled by Maria Rus Bojan (who has published extensively on Ulay), this new book reveals an innovative oeuvre, coherently rooted in a personal life philosophy guided by strong ethical principles.

Suitable for

Admission

£5.00 / Members free. (£1.00 charge for all tickets)

Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/culture-now-ulay

Looking Gift Horse in the Mouth: A Symposium on Hans Haacke

  • 7 March 2015 11:30am-1pm

In March 2015 Hans Haacke’s Gift Horse (2013) will be installed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Gift Horse constitutes a searching reflection on the politics of its site and continues Haacke’s critical engagement with British culture which he began with A Breed Apart (1978), an investigation into British Leyland’s links with the apartheid regime in South Africa.

This symposium, co-organised by Jon Bird from the Middlesex University and Luke Skrebowski from the University of Cambridge, includes a conversation with Hans Haacke and presentations by international speakers on various aspects of the artist's work and art in the public domain.

Suitable for

Admission

£5.00 to £12.00

Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/looking-gift-horse-mouth-symposium-hans-haacke

Symposium: Interior Design: Dead or Alive

  • 14 March 2015 11:15am-1:15pm

Professor Ben Kelly, Chair of Interior and Spatial Design at University of the Arts London, hosts Interior Design: Dead or Alive.

This symposium will take stock of the ability of iconic interiors to affect and influence the direction of popular culture and the wider world. A range of speakers with the widest variety of perspectives and disciplines explore the cultural significance of the subject and practice of interior design in relation to the contexts of art, design, business, media and culture.

Suitable for

Admission

£5.00 to £12.00

Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/symposium-interior-design-dead-or-alive

The Copyists

  • 20 March 2015 12-1:30pm

Recent acts of re-publication are the starting point for this symposium, which brings together artists, writers, curators and publishers for a wide-ranging discussion of subjects such as photography, re-enactment and the literary figure of the Copyist.

Contributions will also address the use of the book form and consider publication as a radical gesture in historical and contemporary art.
Featuring Michael Bracewell, David Campany, Sarah Dobai, Tom McCarthy and Jo Melvin.

This event has been programmed by Sarah Dobai and Karen Di Franco in association with CHELSEA Space and Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW) Graduate School, University of the Arts London.

Suitable for

Admission

£5.00 to £10.00

Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/copyists

Artists' Film Club: Mathieu K Abonnenc

  • 25 March 2015 6:45-8pm

Mathieu K. Abonnenc devotes his work to the forgotten or marginalized areas of recent history, figures and events associated with the 20th century’s struggles for emancipation of identity.

On the basis of investigations and documents, he attempts to deconstruct the nature of representations of the geographical ‘Other’ in particular.

This event is followed by a Q&A with the artist.

Suitable for

Admission

£5.00 / Members free. (£1.00 charge for all tickets)

Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/artists-film-club-mathieu-k-abonnenc

Gallery Tour: Astrid Schmetterling

  • 26 March 2015 6:30-8pm

Join Astrid Schmetterling on a gallery tour of The Sick Man of Europe exhibition by Dor Guez.

Astrid Schmetterling is Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research focuses on the relation between history, culture and memory and is informed by the insights of postcolonial and transcultural studies. Her most recent publication is a co-authored book with Lynn Turner, Visual Cultures As Recollection (Sternberg Press, 2013).

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Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/gallery-tour-astrid-schmetterling

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