A showcase for contemporary art, presenting work by young artists or by extablished international artists whose work is rarely seen in the UK.
Daily 10am-6pm, 7 days a week. Admission is free.
Free admission to all shows - including temporary, curated exhibitions.
Key artists and exhibits
- Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Ron Mueck, Duane Hanson and Chris Ofili, to name but a few.
SALON 008: Forests and Spirits
- 28 September — 25 November 2018 *on now
Conceived by Roubi L'Roubi, curator of the Foundation Gallery, and Philippa Adams, Saatchi Gallery's Director, Forests and Spirits seeks to bring wider attention to contemporary African art, and in particular the enduring influence of the Khartoum School. Formed in the 1960s, the Khartoum School was an art movement centred around the city's College of Fine and Applied Arts, the institution which has itself been pivotal in the development of contemporary art in Africa. Ishaq and El-Salahi, are among its founders, while Elmur was a pupil in the 1980s when Ishaq, a former graduate, was head of painting.
- Family friendly
Prints & Originals Gallery: Into a Light
- 28 September — 28 October 2018 *on now
The artists featured are Jo Berry, Lara Davies, Catrin Llwyd Evans, Ilona Kiss, James Moore, Ruby Tingle, Casper White and Lisa Wilkens.
- Family friendly
Black Mirror: Art as Social Satire
- 28 September 2018 — 13 January 2019 *on now
London, UK – Saatchi Gallery presents BLACK MIRROR, a major new exhibition featuring the work of 26 contemporary artists. Black Mirror will explore art’s role in social satire, and how political uncertainty has influenced art of recent years. Using media such as collage, caricatures, photography and installation, the exhibition shows how satire can provide both light relief as well as unsettling commentary on the tumultuous, divisive climate of modern-day politics. Black Mirror features some of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists making work about the world we live in, exposing anxieties our modern obsessions create. Artists featured include Turner prize nominee Richard Billingham, whose photography series of his parents Ray’s A Laugh pioneered “squalid realism” as he confronted the art world with the reality of poverty; Polish artist Aleksandra Mir who parodies newspapers by crudely drawing them with childlike tools – bringing new meaning to “fake news”; and Chilean sculptor Alejandra Prieto, who transforms rejected lumps of coal into a beautiful, desirable object of opulence, confronting class disparity and the commodification of luxury over function.
At a time of collective unease, Black Mirror emphasises the importance of art and satire in dissecting power structures, questioning societal norms, and visualising political unrest, providing light relief to life’s uncertainties.
PENUMBRA: Textured Shadow, Coloured Light
- 3 October — 19 November 2018 *on now
Upon entering the first exhibition space, the audience encounters convex wall works adorned with colourful flaps that suggest a feeling of movement. Rashid refers to the wall-mounted aluminium pieces, whose intricate patterns are based on complex mathematical geometric design, as 'parametric sculptures.' In the centre of the room, three-tiered columns wreathed with geometric flaps are suspended from the ceiling, drawing the viewer closer. There is tension created between the vibrant and ornate steel grids and the calmness of the voids within, just out of reach of the viewer in a realm of semi-privacy.
In the second exhibition space, the viewer is confronted with a colourful maze, a colossal grid structure that reimagines the shapes and tones of an urban environment, and explores architecture, city planning and memories. Rashid comments: 'I was inspired by winding narrow alleyways and traditional architecture. I would like the audience to experience the maze as a conceptual entity - a spiritual journey with no fixed destination.'
- Family friendly
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