Culture Vulture

saatchioutside1I managed to get my culture fix on a recent trip back home. I popped down, south to visit the new Saatchi Gallery which is just off Sloane square. Not really my part of town with all it’s sloany ponies and old money attitude. I’m more of an North London bird.

More like a museum with 6500m2 than a gallery. It’s space stretches over 4 levels. Impressive is a slight understatement. It’s the only contemporary Art space of it’s size in the world which is free to the public. Me, being up for anything which is free, couldn’t resist visiting this space. Plus the current exhibition, New Chinese Art (or similar theme new contemporary Chinese Art) was on in Paris earlier in 2008 but cost a tenner to get in 🙂


I have quite a sensitive nose and the first thing I noticed/smelt was an odd skin/rubbery smell, actually it’s quite hard to describe. The smell was coming from Lui Wei “Love it! Bite it” Edible dog chew model plan of a city.



The rest of the exhibition was less smelly but no way any less interesting. Take a look at Saatchi online version of the exhibition or better go and visit yourself.

The day before I bagged myself another cultural bargain at the National Portrait Gallery. I went to see the Taylor Wessing Photographic  Portrait prize. The image used in the poster adverts had caught my eye several times:

Bag by Hendrik Kerstens

This photo is the first thing that you see when you enter the exhibition. Unfortunately the web one doesn’t do it justice as in reality, the bag luminates like a halo. Quite breath taking. The exhibition is  on until February 15th and is quite easy to go and see (unlike some contemporary art exhibitions) so do pop by if you’re in the area.


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