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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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November 25th - January 24th, 2016 Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015
Sïan Astley, Hugo López Ayuso, Kevin Boyd, Lydia Brockless, U. Kanad Chakrabarti, James William Collins, Andrei Costache, Julia Curtin, Abri de Swardt, Melanie Eckersley, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Justin Fitzpatrick, Hannah Ford, Sophie Giller, Richard Hards, Hilde Krohn Huse, Juntae T.J. Hwang, Jasmine Johnson, Tomomi Koseki, Pandora Lavender, Jin Han Lee, Francisco Sousa Lobo, Beatrice-Lily Lorigan, Scott Lyman, Hanqing Ma, Scott Mason, Oliver McConnie, Mandy Niewöhner, Hamish Pearch, Neal Rock, Conor Rogers, Katie Schwab, Tim Simmons, David Cyrus Smith, Aaron Wells, Morgan Wills, ona Yoo, Andrea Zucchini
October 12th - November 29th Smiler: Photographs of London by Mark Cawson
Mark Cawson
January 5th - December 20th fig-2
Press Officer: Naomi Crowther
Tue-Sun11-11; We are closed Mondays, except for fig-2 openings which will take place in the ICA studio every Monday from 6-8pm throughout 2015. Please access the Studio via the ramp entrance from Carlton House Terrace.
+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.


The ICA is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 11am – 11pm. We are closed Mondays, except for fig-2 openings which will take place in the ICA studio every Monday from 6-8pm throughout 2015. Please access the Studio via the ramp entrance from Carlton House Terrace. Exhibitions: The galleries are open during exhibitions 11am – 6pm, except Thursday, 11am – 9pm.

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