London's Institute of Contemporary Arts will return to occupy its former address in the heart of Mayfair at 17-18 Dover Street next week as part of its ICA Off-Site programme. Following on from the success of its large-scale occupation in The Old Selfridges Hotel with the exhibition A Journey through London Subcultures: 1980s to Now last year (London Underground, November 2013), the ICA will present rarely seen archival material in a temporary exhibition where the fashion retail store Dover Street Market now resides.
Before its relocation to its present premises on The Mall, Dover Street staged some of the ICA’s most important exhibitions in post-war British art. Between 1950 and 1968, seminal art activity conducted by the Independent Group took place at the ICA and brought together critical debate from the areas of art, architecture and theory. Pop Art and Op Art movements as well as a catalogue of exhibitions by Bacon, Freud, Pollock and Picasso earned the ICA its status as a pioneering art destination. Appropriately, Dover Street Market London and its outposts around the world have become destinations for not only innovative fashion but for the seasonal art collaborations curated by its founder Rei Kawakubo who invites international artists to work with the conceptual in-store spaces. ICA Off-Site: Dover Street Market will feature interior and exterior installations across all six floors of the fashion emporium, in conjunction with the publication Institute of Contemporary Arts: 1946-1968, which will examine this remarkable period of art activity and the origins of a British institution.
The project and publication coincides with the upcoming exhibition at The Mall of the late British Pop artist and original member of the Independent Group, Richard Hamilton whose work and career is inextricably linked to the ICA’s history. Tate Modern will also be honouring Hamilton with a retrospective documenting a celebrated career over 60 years later this month.
ICA Off-Site: Dover Street Market opens to the public on 11th February and runs through to 6th April 2014 – for further information visit ICA Off-Site.
View last year's A Journey through London Subcultures: 1980s to Now on the blog here.
ICA Off-Site: Dover Street Market
11th February - 6th April 2014
17-18 Dover Street
Richard Hamilton at the ICA
12th February - 6th April 2014
12 Carlton House Terrace