I finally made my way to the Saatchi gallery yesterday which is now based at Duke of York’s HQ in Chelsea. The only noticeable downside of the gallery’s new incarnation is perhaps that it’s so far into the west of London. Otherwise, the gallery feels like a perfect match of the contemporary lightness and simplicity of its interior and the sophisticated historical looks of its exterior. Stepping inside, the staff is without the classic servitude attitude and the minimalist rooms provide excellent breathing space for the included pieces of art. The gallery boasts with 3 floors spread over 4,500 square metres and claims to be the only completely free entry contemporary art museum of its size in the world.The revolution of Saatchi continues with great results.
The current exhibition is The Revolution Continues: New Chinese Art and is one of the most interesting contemporary exhibitions that I’ve seen in London. Although received with mixed feelings among the arts community’s reviewers, the exhibition is a fantastic stretch styles ranging from painting and sculpture to human resembling installations of suspended mannequins of China’s workers hanging upside down from the ceilings and the world’s somewhat expired leaders riding around aimlessly in their wheelchairs in the gallery’s basement. The art also ranges in topics, with some amusing works playing with the Western ideals, others reminding of the political scars of the modern day China.
The exhibition is closing after the 18th of January, so for those who haven’t made it yet, hurry up!
Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery.