Founded in 1994 as a family endeavour, the Zabludowicz Collection has rapidly become one of the world’s leading independent contemporary art collections. Comprising over 3,000 works by more than 500 artists, it continues to grow and evolve each day.
Zabludowicz Collection: 20 Years presents work by 32 leading international artists acquired over this period. Profiling practices linked by an attitude of material and conceptual experimentation, it highlights the diversity within the Collection and the energy that defines the process of collecting. Four themes operate as a framework within the exhibition: body, objects, abstraction and display. These ideas often intersect within individual works, as well as connecting across the different gallery spaces.
Highlights include a room tracing the roots of the Collection in 1990s London, featuring artists who altered the landscape of contemporary art in the city and the UK, including Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas and Tracey Emin. Rarely seen works by pioneering and influential international artists such as Sigmar Polke, Isa Genzken and Christopher Wool also feature, along with dramatic transformations of the gallery’s church architecture, such as Jim Lambie's colourful floor intervention Zobop (Fluorescent), 2006. In addition there are newly reworked single-room installations by Samara Golden, Elizabeth Price, and a collaborative piece, Stage Fright, by Laura Buckley, Haroon Mirza and Dave Maclean. This exhibition is a celebration of just some of the many incredible artists, both emerging and established, who have been influential in shaping the identity of the Collection and of art today.
The exhibition is accompanied by a full programme of events and a new publication.
The publication will feature three specially commissioned texts by critic JJ Charlesworth, independent writer, curator Ellen Mara De Wachter and cultural historian Timotheus Vermeulen, alongside an interview between Anita Zabludowicz and Gregor Muir, Executive Director of the ICA.
The essays are being made available to download during the course of the exhibition. 'How to thrive' by Ellen Mara De Wachter, Dr. Timotheus Vermeulen's 'Snap!' and 'What Does the Emerging?' by JJ Charlesworths are all available online.
Curated by Elizabeth Neilson and Paul Luckraft