South London Gallery

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“One of the most elegant art spaces in London”, Adrian Searle, The Guardian

The South London Gallery is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art space which has been free to the public since its foundation in 1891. The gallery opened on its present site on Peckham Road in 1891 as the South London Fine Art Gallery and Library. Its founding mission to “bring art to the people of south London” is a vision which continues to hold true to this day and with a particular emphasis in the past twenty years, in showing challenging new work by emerging and established British and international artists.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6pm
Wednesdays 11am-9pm

Admission charges

Free admission

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Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art, Performing Arts

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

Under the Same Sun: Art From Latin America Today

  • 10 June — 4 September 2016 *on now

The South London Gallery presents Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, the second exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Curated by Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, the exhibition brings together highlights from the Guggenheim’s collection of recently acquired Latin American works, spanning installation, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, and video.

The SLG is the final venue on the exhibition’s international tour, following the Guggenheim Museum, New York in June 2014 and the Museo Jumex, Mexico City in November 2015.

The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative was developed in 2012 to increase exposure and access to contemporary art from three culturally dynamic regions: South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. The initiative aims to foster cross-cultural interaction between artists, curators, and audiences via educational programmes, online activities, and collection building, in the three focus regions.

Website

http://www.southlondongallery.org/page/underthesamesun

Under The Same Sun

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today

  • 10 June — 11 September 2016 *on now

The South London Gallery presents Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, the second exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative.

Curated by Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, in collaboration with the South London Gallery, the exhibition highlights recently acquired works by more than 20 artists working with mediums and methods including installation, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, and video. Participating artists include: Carlos Amorales, Tania Bruguera, Marianna Castillo Deball, Raimond Chaves and Gilda Mantilla, Minerva Cuevas, Jonathas de Andrade, Wilson Diaz, Rafael Ferrer, Alfredo Jaar, Runo Lagomarsino, Carlos Motta, Rivane Neuenschwander, Damian Ortega, Amalia Pica, Wilfredo Prieto, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Gabriel Sierra, Erika Verzutti, and Carla Zaccagnini.

With a focus on work made by artists born after 1968, in addition to several early pioneers who were active internationally in the 1960s and ’70s, Under the Same Sun at the South London Gallery examines a diversity of creative responses by artists to complex, shared realities that have been influenced by colonial and modern histories, repressive governments, economic crises, and social inequality, as well as by concurrent periods of regional economic wealth, development, and progress. The exhibition will be the first to be housed in both the SLG’s main site and the ground floor of its new building, a neighbouring former Fire Station currently under restoration.

The SLG is the final venue on the exhibition’s international tour, following the Guggenheim Museum, New York in June 2014 and the Museo Jumex, Mexico City in November 2015.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.southlondongallery.org/page/underthesamesun

Roman Ondak

ROMAN ONDAK: THE SOURCE OF ART IS IN THE LIFE OF A PEOPLE

  • 29 September 2016 — 6 January 2017

For his first solo show in London for more than a decade, internationally acclaimed artist Roman Ondak presents an exhibition lasting one hundred days that brings together a new body of work exploring ideas around the passage of time and the intertwining of present and past. Symbolising a period of one hundred years, on each day of the show a pre-sawn disk is separated from the trunk of an oak tree to reveal the delineation in ink of one of its age-defining rings and a key historical event which occurred in that year which has been stamped onto the wood in ink. The artist’s inevitably subjective selection of events to highlight exposes the impossibility of an objective, unbiased history, as well as the impact of the teaching on our understanding and interpretation of the past.

Gradually evolving over the course of the show as the oak tree is incrementally transferred from floor to wall, this central sculpture creates a notional calendar, setting the tone for other works in which the historic collides with the contemporary.High up on the gallery walls, illustrations from pages of Teaching the Language, a 1960s children’s text book issuing instructions on social codes of behaviour which Ondak found in a second-hand bookshop, are reproduced on a huge scale. They create a backdrop for scores of 12-18 year old adolescents living locally to the South London Gallery to daub them with comments and drawings, given free reign to express whatever they choose to in the public arena of the gallery space. Another work is comprised of four salvaged blackboards from Ondak’s native Slovakia, injecting a hint of autobiographical content into the show, but primarily embodying the passing down of knowledge from one generation to the next. Inserted into each of the boards is the bowl of a ladle, positioned in sequence to symbolise four phases of the moon in a further reference to the passage of time.

The exhibition title, The Source of Art is in the Life of a People, is taken from the inscription on the South London Gallery’s original nineteenth century marquetry floor designed by Walter Crane. Usually hidden from public view, Ondak has uncovered the floor to reveal it to the public for the first time in many years, harnessing the coincidence of past and present which characterises all the works within it.

Roman Ondak lives and works in Bratislava and is a leading conceptual artist whose work explores patterns of behaviour and alternative social and political possibilities, often born of observations of post-communist society in his native Slovakia.

Exhibition supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and kurimanzutto.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.southlondongallery.org/page/144/Roman-Ondak-The-Source-of-Art-is-in-the-Life-of-a-People/1208

South London Gallery
65-67 Peckham Road
London
Greater London
SE5 8UH
England

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