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Exhibitions & Events Press Releases

  • Sonia Boyce // Helen Johnson at the ICA [PDF]

    15 Nov 2016

    The ICA is pleased to announce solo exhibitions by artists Sonia Boyce and Helen Johnson. Sonia Boyce’s We move in her way explores questions around power and play between audience and performer within a live improvisation, then uses the documentation to create a multimedia installation. Helen Johnson: Warm Ties uses painting to highlight the relationship between Britain and colonial Australia, placing the viewer in a space in which to reflect on the mentality of British colonisers on Australia.

  • ICA champions a week of Live Performances this October with ICA Live [PDF]

    7 Sep 2016

    The Institute of Contemporary Arts presents ICA Live, a week-long programme of events encompassing dance, film, discussion, performance and music to coincide with Frieze London. Celebrating its ongoing programme of experimental arts, the week will include talks by James Richards, Sanya Kantarovsky, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, The Sharjah Art Foundation and specially curated performances from Andrew Kerton, PAN and Mårten Spångberg.

  • The ICA welcomes back Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016 [PDF]

    1 Sep 2016

    Showcasing new and recent fine art graduates, the ICA is delighted to welcome back Bloomberg New Contemporaries to its galleries. The panel of guest selectors comprising Anya Gallaccio, Alan Kane and Haroon Mirza has chosen 46 artists who now join an illustrious roster of New Contemporaries alumni that includes Tacita Dean, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, Mike Nelson and Laure Prouvost amongst many others. In July, New Contemporaries returned to Bluecoat, after 30 years to launch this year’s show as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2016, before it travels to the ICA in November.

  • Masāfāt at the ICA [PDF]

    1 Aug 2016

    The ICA have teamed up with ThirtyThree ThirtyThree in partnership with VENT and University of Kent to present Masāfāt, a two-part festival that will take place in London and Cairo this September. The festival is designed to create an open-ended, international platform to foster artistic and professional exchange between independent artists and professionals across the Middle East & North Africa and the UK.

  • Carmel Buckley and Mark Harris: Sparrow Come Back Home [PDF]

    28 Jul 2016

    The ICA Fox Reading Room continues its run of exhibitions examining archive, legacy and heritage with Carmel Buckley and Mark Harris: Sparrow Come Back Home. “Sparrow Come Back Home” is the title of a 1962 album by Calypso singer Mighty Sparrow, which points out the irony of being appreciated only once he had left Trinidad for the US. The exhibition will show representations of Sparrow’s records alongside an archive of printed material relating to his music, revealing the depth of calypso culture.

  • Fluorescent Chrysanthemum [PDF]

    19 Jul 2016

    The ICA Fox Reading Room is pleased to present an exhibition highlighting the ICA’s rich heritage as a home for radical contemporary arts and culture. In 1968, the ICA exhibition Fluorescent Chrysanthemum originally curated by Jasia Reichardt, was the first presentation of experimental Japanese art, music, film and design in Europe – showcasing a group of artists never before seen in the UK, including: Kohei Sugiura, Jiro Takamatsu, Ushio Shinohara, Tadanori Yokoo, Seiichi Hayashi, Yoji Kuri, Tatsuo Shimamura.

  • James Richards: Requests and Antisongs [PDF]

    5 Jul 2016

    James Richards presents new and recent works which continue his ongoing exploration of the emotive power of appropriated digital video and sound.

    Taking his video Radio At Night (2015) as a starting point, Richards presents three new works which unfold and expand their compositional logic into three distinct, but linked pieces. These sit across the ICA’s Lower and Upper Galleries, separated physically, but joined conceptually across the spaces. 

  • ICA Gives Young Creatives Control This Summer [PDF]

    3 Jun 2016

    This summer, the ICA explores youth cultures, the ethics of DIY, and self-organisation, celebrating the cultural and creative explorations of young London through music, art, debate, film, and photography.

    A key moment this summer will see Young ICA partnering with Reprezent Radio to co-curate a free, one-day festival created by and for young people, CTRL: Reprezent x ICA takes place on Saturday 23 July 2016. The festival will offer opportunities for people to curate and participate in a range of art workshops, talks and screenings, exploring and responding to ideas in contemporary culture and experimenting across a range of disciplines.

  • Alasdair McLellan & Lev Tanju: The Palace [PDF]

    1 Jun 2016

    This July, the ICA will be presenting a collection of imagery by renowned photographer Alasdair McLellan of the Palace Skateboards’ team. The show will include for the first time unseen and archival images including Palace’s extended family, the London skate gang, The Palace Wayward Boys Choir (PWBC). A specially created video installation from Palace founder, Lev Tanju, will also accompany McLellan’s images.

  • Detroit: Techno City [PDF]

    26 May 2016

    For the first time in the UK, a dedicated exhibition will chart a timeline of ‘Detroit Techno music’ from its 1970s origins, continuing through to the early 1990s. The exhibition, housed in the ICA Fox Reading Room, will present a studied look at the evolution and subsequent dispersion of ‘Detroit Techno music’. This term, coined in the late 1980s, reflects the musical and social influences that informed early experiments merging sounds of synth-pop and disco with funk to create this distinct music genre

  • Artistic Differences [PDF]

    23 May 2016

    This summer, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, will celebrate the life and work of the influential accessories designer, art director and fashion stylist Judy Blame. To coincide with the Lower Gallery exhibition Judy Blame: Never Again (29 June – 4 September 2016), which features Blame’s work since the 1980s, the ICA will stage Artistic Differences in the Upper Gallery. This group exhibition aims to present Blame’s work within a wider artistic context, drawing on connections in the art and design worlds in the UK from the 1980s and 1990s. Artistic Differences brings together artists and designers that have been directly linked to Blame throughout his career, and those who have been influenced by his work and share his distinct artistic approach and style. Participants include Charles Atlas, Dave Baby, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Malcolm Garrett, Derek Jarman, Barry Kamen, Jim Lambie, Mark Lebon, Linder, John Maybury, Jamie Reid, Peter Saville, Juergen Teller, Trojan, Nicola Tyson and Tim Noble & Sue Webster and others.

  • Olivetti: Beyond Form and Function [PDF]

    19 May 2016

    The ICA is delighted to present a selection of photographs, films and ephemera relating to Italian manufacturing company Olivetti’s graphic and spatial design, as well as architecture. Working in close collaboration with the Associazione Archivio Storico Olivetti, Ivrea – Italy and focusing largely on the industrial boom of the post-war era, the display will cover a key period in Olivetti’s history up until the 1960s, a time which saw the creation of the iconic Valentine typewriter and the company’s increasing move towards computer technologies.

  • Judy Blame: Never Again [PDF]

    4 Apr 2016

    The ICA is pleased to present the first major solo exhibition by accessories designer, art director and fashion stylist Judy Blame. Throughout his career and still today Blame has maintained his artistic underpinning of making jewellery from found and re-purposed objects which continue to inspire alongside his prolific contributions via social media, revealing his idiosyncratic and resourceful approach to life through images and objects.

  • Associates Music Programme 2016 [PDF]

    3 Feb 2016

    This year the ICA is pleased to announce its on-going collaboration with NTS Radio and Warp Records as part of its dynamic Associate Music Programme. Also featured are JUST JAM, Thirty-Three Thirty-Three (formerly known as St Johns Sessions), PAN and The Wire. Audiences will be introduced to talent from London’s vibrant underground music scene, as well as exclusive contributions from international artists and musicians.

  • Dennis Morris: PiL - First Issue to Metal Box [PDF]

    20 Jan 2016

    The ICA presents rarely seen photographs and ephemera relating to the early stages of the band Public Image Ltd’s (PiL) design from 1978-79 with a focus on the design of the album Metal Box. Original band members included John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten – vocals), Keith Levene (lead guitar), Jah Wobble (bass) and Jim Walker (drums). Working closely with photographer and designer Dennis Morris, the display explores the evolution of the band’s identity, from their influential journey to Jamaica in 1978 to the design of the iconic Metal Box.

  • Art into Society – Society into Art [PDF]

    19 Jan 2016

    This archival display documents the 1974 ICA exhibition Art into Society – Society into Art: Seven German Artists (29 October – 24 November 1974), a key part of a season called the German Month that was staged at the ICA and which featured film screenings, talks, performances and exhibitions showcasing the wide-ranging cultural developments emerging from West Germany at that time. Organised by ICA Curator Sir Norman Rosenthal and writer and curator Christos M. Joachimides, the exhibition included artists Albrecht D., Joseph Beuys, KP Brehmer, Hans Haacke, Dieter Hacker, Gustav Metzger, Klaus Staeck and photographer Michael Ruetz.

  • Radical Disco: Architecture and Nightlife in Italy, 1965 – 1975 [PDF]

    29 Oct 2015

    Radical Disco: Architecture and Nightlife in Italy, 1965 – 1975 is a presentation exploring the relationship between architecture and nightlife in Italy during the 1960s and 1970s. These years saw a number of discotheques open across Italy, including several designed by architects of Radical Design, a movement active in the 60s and 70s populated by architects such as Gruppo 9999, Superstudio and UFO. Dissatisfied by the limitations and ineffectiveness of post-war modern design, these architects sought to use their profession as a tool for societal change and to challenge the idea of architects’ role in society.

  • Betty Woodman: Theatre of the Domestic [PDF]

    20 Oct 2015

    In Spring 2016, the ICA is proud to present the first UK solo presentation of works by Betty Woodman (born 1930), one of the most important contemporary artists working with ceramics today. The exhibition focuses on work Woodman has created in the last ten years, including a number of major new mixed media pieces.

  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015 [PDF]

    19 Oct 2015

    The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) is delighted to welcome back Bloomberg New Contemporaries to its galleries for the 6th year running. Selectors Hurvin Anderson, Jessie Flood-Paddock and Simon Starling have chosen works by 37 of the most outstanding artists emerging from UK art schools from a record number of applicants. Previous New Contemporaries include Tacita Dean, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, David Hockney and Mike Nelson as well as more recent emerging artists including Ed Atkins, Peles Empire, Nathaniel Mellors, Haroon Mirza and Laure Prouvost.

  • ICA and K11 Art Foundation present Zhang Ding, Enter the Dragon [PDF]

    21 Sep 2015

    The ICA and K11 Art Foundation today announced the details of the performance programme for Enter the Dragon, the first solo UK institutional project by Chinese artist Zhang Ding, which runs from 12-25 October 2015. Consisting of a series of daily performances and spontaneous collaborations over a two-week period, the programme will showcase an eclectic mix of emerging artists, DJ’s, and musicians selected by Zhang Ding in collaboration with NTS Radio from open submissions and London’s musical undercurrent.

  • ICA Frieze Week: Exhibitions, performances and talks, plus the official launch of the 'Frieze ICA Bar' supported by K11 Art Foundation [PDF]

    27 Aug 2015

    The ICA will be active as never before during Frieze Week, the busiest time of the year in London’s art world calendar (12 – 18 October). The ICA will present solo exhibitions by three artists, a curated programme of talks, daily musical performances and host the first official Frieze ICA Bar supported by K11 Art Foundation for a series of late-night events and parties.

  • ICA Off-Site: Digbeth, Birmingham In association with Selfridges Live + Loud [PDF]

    25 Aug 2015

    The ICA, in association with Selfridges, presents ICA Off-Site: Digbeth, Birmingham. The off-site programme coincides with Selfridges’ Live + Loud Festival and is the ICA’s first project in the city. ICA Off-Site: Digbeth, Birmingham, aims to reference recent trends in contemporary urban sub-cultures and features a temporary exhibition and music programme that draw on Birmingham’s mix of industrial and post-war brutalist architecture, celebrating the city of Birmingham as a centre for creativity and a source of inspiration.

  • Smiler: Photographs of London by Mark Cawson [PDF]

    22 Jul 2015

    The ICA is pleased to present unseen photographs by Smiler (aka Mark Cawson) of London squats during the 70s, 80s and 90s. The content of the exhibition focuses on a body of work that Smiler mainly shot between West London and Kings Cross. The exhibition consists of black and white images taken on an analogue camera.

  • The ICA and K11 Art Foundation present Zhang Ding, Enter the Dragon, 2015 [PDF]

    26 Jun 2015

    This autumn the ICA, London, will collaborate with K11 Art Foundation, to present the first solo UK institutional exhibition of Chinese artist Zhang Ding, entitled Enter the Dragon. The exhibition will consist of an installation that directly references the final scene from the seminal Bruce Lee film Enter the Dragon (1973).

  • Adam Linder Choreographic Service No. 3: Some Riding [PDF]

    3 Jun 2015

    Choreographer and Dancer Adam Linder’s Choreographic Services (2013-ongoing) are a series of works, hired on a per-hour basis, that underwrite real-time and economic principles of choreographic activity. The new commission Some Riding will be hired for a series of performances, 8-13 September, 2015, for the ICA’s Upper Galleries.

  • Prem Sahib [PDF]

    26 May 2015

    For his first institutional solo exhibition in London, Prem Sahib will present new and recent work in the Lower and Upper Galleries at the ICA. A palpable sense of the body and human touch permeates throughout Sahib’s works, which comprise sculpture, paintings, works on paper and performance.

  • Eloise Hawser: Lives on Wire [PDF]

    20 May 2015

    The ICA is pleased to present the first UK solo institutional exhibition, Lives on Wire, by British artist Eloise Hawser. Her work reconfigures and repurposes commonplace materials applied in industrial processes to create sculptures and installations that subtly demonstrate the inherent mutability of everyday objects.

  • Everything is Architecture: Bau Magazine from the 60s and 70s [PDF]

    27 Apr 2015

    The ICA is delighted to present the first significant presentation in the UK of the influential Vienna-based architectural magazine Bau: Magazine for Architecture and Urban Planning, published by the Central Association of Austrian Architects.

  • Isa Genzken: Basic Research Paintings [PDF]

    23 Apr 2015

    Isa Genzken is one of the most important and influential artists of the last forty years. Since the early 1970s, Genzken has developed an extraordinary practice as evidenced through museum shows such as her recent retrospective at MoMA, New York in 2014. Increasingly ambitious displays of the artist’s work have tended toward a focus on large-scale sculptures, installations and impressive wall mounted panel works. Lesser known are her paintings.

  • Looks [PDF]

    17 Mar 2015

    The ICA is delighted to present a group show including Juliette Bonneviot, Andrea Crespo, Morag Keil, Wu Tsang and Stewart Uoo that explores ways in which mass digital culture informs how identity is constructed, performed and challenged.

  • Shout Out! UK Pirate Radio in the 1980s [PDF]

    17 Mar 2015

    The ICA is pleased to present Shout Out! UK Pirate Radio in the 1980s, an archival exhibition looking back at the early tower block pirate radio movement which emerged in the UK during the 1980s, prompting a new musical phenomenon that would change the face of British music.

  • Duddell’s presents: ICA Off-Site: Hong Kongese [PDF]

    5 Feb 2015

    ICA Off-Site: Hong Kongese is an exhibition of international contemporary artists whose work is inspired by our ever-changing world and the cosmopolitan centres in which they live. A large commercial neon sign from Hong Kong's recent past introduces an exhibition that captures the flux of everyday life, both locally and globally.

  • Ydessa Hendeles: From her wooden sleep… [PDF]

    5 Feb 2015

    The ICA is pleased to present "From her wooden sleep…", a major new work by German-born Canadian artist-curator Ydessa Hendeles. In “From her wooden sleep…”, Hendeles draws together disparate elements to compose a tightly choreographed tableau vivant.

  • FB55 [PDF]

    28 Jan 2015

    From 24 March – 17 May 2015 the ICA presents FB55, an archival display of Francis Bacon’s show held at its former premises on Dover Street in 1955. At the time it was Bacon’s first ever solo institutional exhibition in the UK.  

  • Dor Guez: The Sick Man of Europe [PDF]

    15 Jan 2015

    In February 2015, ICA will present the first UK institutional solo exhibition of artist Dor Guez in collaboration with The Mosaic Rooms. As an artist of Christian Palestinian and Jewish Tunisian descent, living in Jaffa, he is considered a leading and critical voice from the Middle East whose practice questions contemporary art’s role in narrating unwritten histories.

  • Viviane Sassen: Pikin Slee [PDF]

    15 Jan 2015

    The ICA is delighted to present a solo exhibition of recent work by Viviane Sassen, a photographer who has garnered parallel critical acclaim as a fashion photographer and in the context of contemporary visual art. The content of the exhibition focuses predominantly on a body of work that Sassen made in Pikin Slee, Suriname in 2013. 

  • First Happenings: Adrian Henri in the ‘60s and '70s [PDF]

    14 Jan 2015

    First Happenings: Adrian Henri in the ‘60s and '70s, in the Fox Reading Room, offers a focussed look at Adrian Henri’s pioneering role in the ‘happenings movement’ in Britain, setting up the first ‘Event’ in 1962, through to enabling various collaborative events into the 1970s. As a painter, poet, musician and performer he was a central protagonist during a period of intense creativity and collaborative artistic endeavours that centred in Liverpool – at the time a parallel centre for such activity alongside London and New York. 

  • Julie Verhoeven: Whiskers Between My Legs [PDF]

    15 Sep 2014

    Artist and designer Julie Verhoeven will create an immersive installation in the Fox Reading Room that will explore concepts of femininity, and how they are represented in popular culture, both past and present. Primarily known for her work as a fashion designer and illustrator, this display will highlight Verhoeven’s increasing interdisciplinary practice throughout the visual arts, from fashion illustration, to installation and film.

  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 [PDF]

    1 Sep 2014

    The ICA is delighted to welcome back Bloomberg New Contemporaries to its galleries for the 4th year running.  Marking its 65th anniversary, selectors Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Enrico David and Goshka Macuga have chosen works by 55 of the most promising artists emerging from UK art schools from 1,400 submissions. Previous New Contemporaries include Jake & Dinos Chapman, Tacita Dean, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, David Hockney and Mike Nelson as well as more recent emerging artists including Ed Atkins, Peles Empire, Nathaniel Mellors, Haroon Mirza and Laure Prouvost. 

  • ICA Off-Site: The Old Selfridges Hotel [PDF]

    5 Aug 2014

    The ICA announces a week-long free programme of live events at The Old Selfridges Hotel in London to coincide with Frieze London. Isabel Lewis, Korakrit Arunanondchai, NTS Radio, Siobhan Davies Dance and Rhizome are all involved in the project. The programme will encompass performance, music, art, dance and discussion, with different events taking place each day.  

  • Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago [PDF]

    10 Jul 2014

    To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001), this display in the Fox Reading Room presents original unseen photographs and material relating to her life and work, illustrated books and early first editions.

  • Beware Wet Paint [PDF]

    10 Jul 2014

    Beware Wet Paint is a group show of individual paintings by artists for whom painting forms a single strand within a multidisciplinary practice. The exhibition features Korakrit ArunanondchaiIsabelle CornaroJeff ElrodNikolas GambaroffParker ItoDavid OstrowskiPamela RosenkranzNed Vena and Christopher Wool - the latter seen here as a precursor to a more recent generation of artists.

  • Cybernetic Serendipity [PDF]

    10 Jul 2014

    Cybernetic Serendipity, the landmark exhibition curated by Jasia Reichardt in 1968 is celebrated in the Fox Reading Room with a display of documents, installation photographs, press reviews, invitation cards and publications.

  • Journal [PDF]

    29 Apr 2014

    The ICA invites international artists, theorists and writers to present work throughout the building and online, highlighting the role of the artist in bringing focus to a changing world.

  • Room&Book: ICA Art Book Fair [PDF]

    6 Mar 2014

    The ICA, in association with Claire de Rouen Books, is delighted to present Room&Book, a three day art book fair.

  • Siobhan Davies Dance: Table of Contents [PDF]

    24 Oct 2013

    Using Siobhan Davies’s own history as a choreographer and dancer as a starting point, this new project reflects on the concept of archiving dance

  • Ibiza: Moments In Love [PDF]

    26 Sep 2013

    Ibiza: Moments In Love creates a picture of Ibiza as it was in the eighties through a collection of club posters, books and original photographs.

  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 [PDF]

    10 Sep 2013

    For the fourth year running we welcome Bloomberg New Contemporaries with 46 participants to the ICA.

  • ICA Off-Site: Old Selfridges Hotel [PDF]

    20 Aug 2013

    The ICA is delighted to announce a major new off-site project at The Old Selfridges Hotel in London, A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now.

  • Richard Hamilton at the ICA [PDF]

    5 Aug 2013

    The ICA presents two installations, Man, Machine and Motion 1955 and An Exhibit 1957 by Richard Hamilton to coincide with the Tate Modern’s retrospective. Almost six decades after the artist presented these works at the Institute’s original location in Dover Street, they will be re-staged to reflect the artist’s close relationship with the ICA throughout his career.

  • Iggyfest: Blah Blah Blah [PDF]

    5 Aug 2013

    Iggyfest: Blah Blah Blah at the ICA will explore and celebrate the cultural legacy of American singer, songwriter, musician and actor Iggy Pop.

  • ICA Offsite: Cinema on the Steps [PDF]

    25 Jul 2013

    The ICA is delighted to work in partnership with the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) to present an extraordinary 3 day free programme of Middle Eastern films curated by Alia Al-Senussi, Abdullah Al- Turki and Abdellah Karroum.

  • Gerald Cinamon [PDF]

    17 Jul 2013

    The ICA presents work by award-winning typographer and book designer Gerald Cinamon.

  • The Grantchester Pottery: Artist Decorators [PDF]

    17 May 2013

    The Grantchester Pottery will transform the ICA Fox Reading Room with a presentation of works made collectively.

  • Zhang Enli [PDF]

    17 May 2013

    The ICA is pleased to announce a unique project with Shanghai-based artist Zhang Enli.

  • Lutz Bacher: Black Beauty [PDF]

    9 May 2013

    Black Beauty is the first major solo exhibition in the UK by the artist Lutz Bacher.

  • Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper) [PDF]

    20 Mar 2013

    Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper) explores how artists since the 1940s to the present day have used drawing to address ideas critical and current to their time, ranging from the politics of gender and sexuality to feminist issues, war, censorship and race.

  • The Independent Group: Parallel of Life & Art [PDF]

    22 Jan 2013

    The ICA is delighted to present original art works by the Independent Group to coincide with the anniversary of the ground-breaking exhibition Parallel of Life & Art.