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Saatchi Gallery (London)

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The Saatchi Gallery is a London gallery for contemporary art, opened by Charles Saatchi in 1985 in order to show his sizeable (and changing) collection to the public. It has occupied different premises, first in North London, then the South Bank by the River Thames and Chelsea (opening to the public in 2007). Saatchi's collection, and hence the gallery's shows, have had distinct phases, starting with US artists and minimalism, moving on to the Damien Hirst-led Young British Artists, followed by shows purely of painting and more recently promoting once again art from America in an exhibition entitled USA Today at the Royal Academy in London.

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      15.01.2010 22:53
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      A contemporary gallery to last a few hours in

      Being a contemporary artist myself I am one major fan of the saatchi gallery, however you dont have to like the contemporary to enjoy the experience the gallery itself can bring.

      Situated on the kings road the gallery is a huge and remarkable building with strong and bold architecture, which in itself makes a statement.
      Once you walk in you are seemingly drawn furthur into white walled corridoors and then hall spaces with 3 or 4 exhibits in one huge room, making them stand out even more be it with colour, installation or prose.

      Many and in fact the majority of works at the saatchi gallery are of course contemporary works of art if not incredibly controversial pieces also, but each and every one will make you stop, think, ask yourself questions and ponder on it for some minutes, therefore youll most probably spend more time in this gallery than any other.

      There are collations of paintings, some simple, some detailed and some just strange and bizarre, installations which will make you curse, laugh, ponder and love or opose, sculptural pieces and moving pieces also, which include a room full of made elderly people in wheelchairs just roaming around and bumping into one another; really a remarkable piece, funny yet incredibly sad at the same time.

      Situated on 5 floors you will be impressed and amazed at the works that saatchi displays within his gallery, a world of modern, mad and mindful yet beautiful and thought inspiring. Definately worth a visit, and its free so you cant go wrong.

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      26.09.2009 21:34
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      A much better alternative to the tate modern

      The Saatchi Gallery has a range of modern to contemporary art, and is siturated in London.

      ~~~LOCATION AND ACCESS~~~
      The Saatchi Gallery is situated in Sloane Square, Central London, a short 5-10 minute walk from the underground station. I was surprised at the lack of signs that showed where it was, and I was lucky I had printed off a Google Map!! If I was not as prepared, I may never have got there!!

      However, if you walk straight out the station and straight on , you'd get there eventually...

      ~~~ATMOSPHERE~~~
      The gallery is large, with work well spaced out. The rooms are mostly neutral, with a white wall, well lit, and bright, open atmosphere. The gallery is not at all crowded, you can feel very close to the art, with alot of it UN-barricaded.

      The space is open, hence alot of walking, and its spread over about 3-4 floors, so there are a few sets of stairs to walk! However, the building itself is of a modern, minimilistic style, which is a very nice setting anyway.

      ~~~RANGE OF ART AND APPEAL~~~
      There is a range of art that is displayed, mostly comtemporary to modern. It showcases a range of sculpture, painting and installation work.

      When I went, I was especially looking forward to the spiral staircase sculpture, and I loved it, very unique, and amazing. Other works I liked include the paintings by Kristen Baker.

      Overall, the works are colourful, uplifting and most are thought provoking.

      ~~~OVERALL~~~
      After my first time there, this is one of my favourite galleries in London. It is due to the fact that the location and the building itself is attractive, it provides a calm and tranquil atmosphere.

      Inside, the art is well spaced, not crowded, so it feels less of a tourist attraction, but rather a place to just enjoy art. A very memorable art gallery!

      I would recommend this to anyone interested in art for an alternative visit, don't just stick to the boring V&A, National Gallery or Tate Modern, and come here instead!

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        18.11.2008 21:56

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        A good new London Gallery, but not the best anymore.

        I first visited the Saatchi Gallery when it was on The South Bank in County Hall and saw an exhibition of Saatchi's more famous purchases...Tracy Emin's bed, 'that' Myra Hindley portrait and some of Grayson Perry's famous pots. It was an impressive contrast, all these icons of modern art in such a lovely old building. Devasted when it closed as it quickly became my favourite London Gallery, and sad to hear of Saatchi's fire when he lost many pieces, I was eager to see the new gallery which recently opened in Chelsea. (so eager I went before it opened just to have a peak) The location is lovely, in the park, just behind the King's Road, you wouldn't expect to find a gallery such as this, and it does look grand. However when you get inside the layout is confusing the exhibits limited. The buling is modern, all white walls and glass, none of the character of County Hall. Gallery 13 (on the lower ground floor) was the highlight for me. There housed Sun Yuan and Peng Yu's 'Old People's Home', 13 life size sculpures of OAPS dressed as world leaders whizzing around in wheelchairs!! Great art that really entertains. You then follow the building to find 12 further galleries spread out on three more floors. The whole gallery is devoted to on exhibition 'New Art form China'. An interesting collection, although I was hoping for a little more than one singular exhibition. The gallery took little over an hour for me to have a comprehensive look around, and I was hoping for a day out.

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