Salon 009: We Live in an Ocean of Air

The latest immersive experience to arrive at Duke of York Square’s Saatchi Gallery is Salon 009: We Live in an Ocean of Air. This virtual reality exhibition uses cutting edge technology to illuminate the invisible but fundamental connections between the human and natural worlds.

Ticket holders will step through a canvas to explore a magical world where the invisible exchange of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide is beautifully brought to life; you will be transported to an ancient forest and witness the majestic power of nature. Breath and heart sensors will track your real time breathing and encourage you to reflect on dependence and responsibility to the organisms we share our planet with.

Tickets are £20 and can be purchased here.

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Black Mirror

Saatchi’s latest major exhibition explores art’s role in social satire and how political uncertainty has influenced contemporary artists globally.

From 28 September to 13 January, 26 contemporary artists will display there range of media (collage, caricatures, photography and installation) to show how satire can provide both light relief as well as unsettling commentary on the political situation today.

Some of the most exciting artists will expose 21st century anxieties created by modern obsessions. These include the Turner prize nominee, Richard Billingham, whose photography series “Ray’s a laugh” confronts the reality of poverty and Aleksandra Mir who parodies newspapers by crudely drawing them with children’s tools which brings a new meaning to fake news.

This exhibition highlights the importance of art and satire in dissection power structures, questioning societal norms and visualising political unrest.

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British Art Fair

For the first time, the British Art Fair will be coming to Saatchi Gallery. From 20 – 23 September, a new incarnation of the much loved 20/21 British Art Fair which will focus on Modern British Art will take over all three floors of the gallery. Some 50 galleries will present Modern and Post-War British Art to its large following of  collectors, rosters of dealers and loyal art fans this September.

You will be able to admire, and even acquire the works of David Bomberg, Lynn Chadwick, Alan Davie, Terry Frost, Henry Moore and many more in this fantastic curation of works from galleries which include Richard Green, Robin Katz, Offer Wateman and Jonathon Clark. From the most celebrated artists to the lesser known practicioners, you can also catch prints, drawings and sculptures as well as paintings with a variety of price points.

With the increasing serious interest in Modern British Art, the British Art Fair will mount focused special projects of single and dual artist presentation to complement the gallery stands. Ivon Hitchens and Antony Caro with the writer/critic John Golding will be on display in these exclusive presentations.

Tickets are £15 (£10 Concession) and available here.

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The Future Starts Here

From smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, this exhibition brings together more than 100 objects as a landscape of new possibilities for the near future.

The display showcases emerging technologies and highlights the way in which they will affect our lives and what choices we have, as citizens, to influence their development. Whilst guided by ethical and speculative questions, you will be invited to step into four scenarios – self, public, planet and afterlife. How might these objects affect the way you live, learn and even love?

For information and to book tickets, click here.

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Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend

Head to Kensington & Chelsea this weekend where over 50 participants, including museums, galleries, artists studios and iconic local venues across the borough, open their doors to celebrate its cultural legacy and extraordinary creative future at the  first ‘Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend’. From South Kensington’s museum quarter to the bustle of the King’s Road, from the urban bohemia of Notting Hill, to the modern elegance of the  design museum, this weekend will be  a journey through history. Enjoy a diverse programme of events which includes gallery and museum exhibitions and specifically curated events, public talks, blue plaque tours, public art, children’s workshops, installations and food and drink pop-ups.

Renowned photographer will transform the iconic Square with a dynamic photographic art installation. O’Neill will honour the residents of Kensington & Chelsea through a series of large scale photographic images ranging from band members of the Rolling Stones to 60s icon Twiggy and chef, Gordon Ramsay.

Pavilion Road will host the Love Kensington & Chelsea Street Art Project, a competition for artists who will create a piece of street artwork using typography, using the heritage of the  area as inspiration. You can then vote for three shortlisted artists and the winner will install their artwork on Pavilion Road. Voting closes 24 July.

The Saatchi Gallery will host ‘After Nyne’ talks; these will feature a number of influential speakers including Alison Jackson, Michael Wolfson and Debbie Carne.

Explore the area at leisure in an array of ways to see as much of the action as possible. You can enjoy a self-led tour using the map, which can be downloaded here or collected on the day, through guided walking tours or a complimentary Red Double Decker Hop-on/Hop-Off bus which will be operating on Saturday (1-4pm) and Sunday (1-5pm).

Further information can be found here.

 

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Operation Husky: 1943

In this complimentary talk, Will Fowler will discuss the amphibious and airborne assault in Italy in 1943. Operation Husky was one of the Second World War’s major campaigns in which the Allies captured the island of Sicily from the Axis powers. Learn more about the details of the initiative and its wider implications.

Booking is recommended – here.

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Pity

The latest play to land at the Royal Court in Sloane Square is Rory Mullarkey’s new play which asks whether things are really getting worse, and if we care.

 

A normal day. A person stands in the market square watching the world go by.

There’s ice cream. Sunshine. Shops. Some dogs. A wedding. Bombs. Candles. Blood. Lightning. Sandwiches. Snipers. Looting. Gunshots. Babies. Actors. Famine. Fountains. Statues. Atrocities. And tanks. (Probably).

Tickets are from £12, book yours here.

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Masterpiece Art Fair

The unmissable Masterpiece Art Fair returns this summer to Royal Hospital Chelsea from 24 June – 5 July.

The art fair, at the height of the Capital’s summer arts season, offers the finest works of art, design, furniture and jewellery, from antiquity to the present day.

It provides an unparalleled opportunity for new/established collectors to discover exceptional works of art from 160 international exhibitors.

This year, expect highlights from Picasso, Richter, Monet and Pissarro as well as 20 Chippendale pieces on display in Thomas Chippendale’s tercentenary year.

Book your tickets here.

 

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The Real Monuments Men

Dr Nigel Pollard will be discussing the British Army’s role in protecting cultural heritage during the Second World War.

The UK are currently creating a specialist unit for cultural property protection within the armed forces to ensure we do not lose our beloved monuments, artwork and culture. This unit is not the first of its kind, however, the ‘Monuments Men’ whose activities to protect art and monuments were largely forgotten until the 2014 film starring George Clooney.

Join this talk to examine the reality behind the film. Book here.

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King’s Road Chelsea 1966 – 1973 Exhibition

“The King’s Road is my catwalk”

The boutiques and cafe’s of the King’s Road in Chelsea attracted the generation of the Swinging Sixties who transformed the former Royal highway into their own daily fashion parade.

This exhibition, from 17 April – 8 May, will showcase photographs from the 60s and 70s and the fashion and people that walked the streets of Chelsea.

359 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5ES

Tuesday – Sunday, noon – 7pm

 

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