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Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

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Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
The Mall
London SW1Y 5AH
United Kingdom
Venue Type: Museum


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September 2nd - October 5th Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?
Maha Maamoun, Raed Yassin
June 25th - September 14th Journal
Rosella Biscotti, Duncan Campbell, Edson Chagas, Paul Elliman, Cyprien Gaillard, Bouchra Khalili, Marlie Mul, Paulo Nazareth, Ahmet Ögüt, Charlotte Prodger, Richard Sides, Joshua Simon, Koki Tanaka, Isla Leaver Yap
Oct, 2014 Cybernetic Serendipity
Sep, 2014 Counting on People
Neïl Beloufa
Sep, 2014 Beware Wet Paint
Korakrit Arunanondchai, Isabelle Cornaro, Jeff Elrod, Nikolas Gambaroff, Parker Ito, David Ostrowski, Pamela Rosenkranz, Ned Vena, Christopher Wool
Sep, 2014 Culture Now: Sophia Al-Maria & Omar Kholeif
Sophia Al-Maria
Sep, 2014 Journal: don’t blow it in the vector (September 7)
Richard Sides
Sep, 2014 Journal: don’t blow it in the vector (September 6)
Richard Sides
Sep, 2014 Journal: Gallery Tour
Ania Bas
Press Officer: Naomi Crowther
The ICA is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 11am – 11pm. We are closed Mondays. Exhibitions The galleries are open during exhibitions 11am – 6pm, except Thursday, 11am – 9pm.
+44 (0)20 7930 0493
020 7766 1407 (Press)
Free entry, other events include booking/fee design/decorative, prints/books, emerging, international, contemporary
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The ICA is one of the world's most innovative, cutting-edge arts centres. Home to the best of new art and cultural thinking, we present a unique programme of visual art, films, talks, performance and other special events.


Originally conceived in 1946 by poet, anarchist, art critic and historian Herbert Read, alongside a group of artists and patrons including Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Roland Penrose and Peter Watson, as a "laboratory" or "playground" for contemporary arts, it continues to challenge traditional notions and boundaries of art forms essentially by working with artists, curators, musicians, directors and thinkers who share a desire to investigate issues relevant to the wider concerns of today's world. 

Contributing to its history have been artists and luminaries such as T.S Eliot, Stravinsky, Elizabeth Lutyens, Jean Tinguley, Ronnie Scott, Jackson Pollock, Cartier-Bresson, Yves Klein, Jacques Derrida, Michael Foucault, Gerhard Richter, Jeff Koons, Nan Goldin, Peter Blake, Keith Haring, Cindy Sherman, Yoko Ono, John Maybury, Don Letts, Horace Ové, Wong Kar Wai, Lars von Trier, Takeshi Kitano, Abbas Kiarostami, Michael Winterbottom, Jeff Wall, Bill Viola, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McClaren, Ian McEwan, Philip Pullman, Zadie Smith and Slavoj Zizek. 

The ICA has played host to debut solos shows from some of today's highest profile artists including Damien Hirst, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Luc Tuymans and Steve McQueen. It was one of the first venues to present The Clash in 1976, the Stone Roses in 1989 and has seen debut London gigs from Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand, Gogol Bordello, MGMT and Little Boots, as well as hosting stand-out performances from Lykke Li, Super Furry Animals, Lightning Bolt, Beastie Boys, The Knife, My Bloody Valentine, Mars Volta, Throbbing Gristle and The Big Pink.

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