Saatchi Gallery, London
The Saatchi Gallery is a well-reputed contemporary art forum and gallery located in Chelsea, Central London.
Opened in 1985, the 6,000-square meter / 64,500-square-foot gallery is currently housed in the Duke of York’s Headquarters building on King’s Road, designed by architect John Sanders in the early 19th century.
The gallery was founded by British entrepreneur Charles Saatchi with the objective to create a reference point for non-conventional contemporary art by presenting work by either emerging or acclaimed international artists, rarely presented in exhibitions and museums in the United Kingdom previously.
The Duke of York’s HQ in London, the home of Saatchi Gallery. Photo Jim Linwood (CC BY 2.0).
Although the program of the Saatchi Gallery is largely based on the personal collection of its founder, the gallery’s activity mostly features thematic semi-permanent and temporary exhibitions which reflect the constantly changing composition of the institution’s collection.
Overall, the Saatchi Gallery focuses on the most innovative expressions of art and, over time, has gained a widely-acknowledged reputation and a strong influence on the international contemporary art panorama.
In the 1980s the gallery was among the first in Europe to present the work of a number of new American artists, including Jeff Koons, Rober Gober, Eric Fischl, and Bruce Nauman.
In the 1990s, the gallery’s program of exhibitions mostly focused on then-young British artists such as Damien Hirst, Jenny Saville, Sarah Lucas, and Ron Mueck; more recently, The Saatchi Gallery hosted a number of shows also dedicated to emerging contemporary artists from Asia and Africa.
Along with exhibitions, the gallery also organizes seminars, educational programs, workshops, and special events including a well-reputed art prize for schools.
Fully accessible to physically impaired people, the Saatchi Gallery also contains a bar restaurant, and a book & gift shop.
Interior views of the gallery. Photos by Herry Lawford (CC BY 2.0), and Huei-Chiang (CC BY 2.0).
Cover image, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s Headquarters, London, exterior view. photo Herry Lawford (CC BY 2.0).
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