Are you looking for something unusual and alternative in London? Here is a precious and unmissable place: the Saatchi Gallery. A contemporary art museum whose purpose is to bring out new and unknown international artists from works rarely or never exhibited in the UK. Find out more about how to visit and what to see in the Saatchi Gallery in London!
- What to see and how to visit Saatchi Gallery
- We live in an ocean of air
- Arctic New Frontier
- A Horses Tale
- Tutankhamun: the treasures of the golden pharaoh
- Hours and prices
- User questions and comments
What to see and how to visit Saatchi Gallery
The Saatchi Gallery hosts inside temporary exhibitions made of paintings, photographs, creations and interactive installations of all kinds. The peculiarity of the entire gallery lies in granting each work an enormous space as if they were living subjects, so that the visitor is in front of them and can contemplate, admire and experience them in the best way.
Inside it is distributed over several floors that can be easily reached by lift and, each of them, it hosts ever-changing exhibitions and collections and revealed on the official website from time to time.
To get an idea of what awaits you in the Saatchi Gallery, here is below 4 important exhibitions hosted by the museum!
1 - We live in an ocean of air
We live in an ocean of air is an exhibition to be experienced. It is in fact a real experience in a virtual reality lasting about 20 minutes, in which technology will transport you to an ancient forest to admire giant trees where, walking on the ground and breathing, this innovative system will make you perceive the vital exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. A creation of Marshmallow Laser Feast, Natan Sinigaglia and Mileece l'Anson che makes us reflect on the importance of our planet.
2 - Arctic New Frontier
Artic New Frontier is one photo exhibition by the artists Kadir Van Lohuizen and Yuri Kozyrev who have traveled to the Arctic several times and for several years observing with their own eyes the alarming climate change and the consequent upheavals of the natural balance. All this is told and transmitted in this series of wonderful photographs, which are a sincere invitation to reflect and respect the environment.
3 - A Horses Tale
A Horses Tale is an exhibition of paintings made by the artist Jenny Watson, a woman with a typical 70s punk identity who lets her be perceived in her works. Each painting is a drawing with simple lines and bright colors which seem almost the fruit of a child's hand, with the distinguishing feature of a funny addition of long fabrics that in the painting take the place of the tail, be it a woman or a horse. These fabrics come from Japan and are mostly spotted.
4 - Tutankhamun: the treasures of the golden pharaoh
The exhibition dedicated to the pharaoh Tutankhamun is a production of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and comes from the Great Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the permanent home of all the works in the collection. It is about an exhibition of a historical nature which was set up on the occasion of the centenary of the discovery of the treasures of the golden pharaoh. It exhibits over 150 original artifacts from the king's tomb to tell visitors the legends related to it and the meaning of each object.
Hours and prices
The Saatchi Gallery it is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00 and makes no exceptions even on holidays. Admission is free for all and allows access to every exhibition and collection with the exception of some exhibitions which require the purchase of a ticket on site.
- every day from 10:00 to 18:00 (last admission at 17:30)
- Best time to avoid queues: although the gallery is always very popular both in opening and closing, the time when there are fewer people are the first moments of opening to the public in the morning
- admission is free for everyone but some exhibitions require a ticket whose price is not fixed. Our advice is to consult the official website. Through the site it is also possible to book guided tours.
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Recommended time: the ideal would be to reach the entrance by 9:30
- Consult the site: before visiting the gallery take a look at the exhibitions present in the period of your interest
- Minimum time: we advise you to consider a minimum of 1 hour for the visit. The ideal, however, would be to be able to dedicate a couple of hours to it.
- Accessibilità: Access to the building and mobility are facilitated for disabled people thanks to a ramp located near the main entrance and the possibility of requesting a wheelchair for free. All floors can be reached by lift.
Where is it and how to get there
- On foot: London is really too big to think about walking, however if you are already near the tunnel you can reach it via the main road A3217 - Get directions
- By bus: Lines 11, 19, 22, 211 and 319 stop at Duke of York Square, right in front of the tunnel
- By metro: on the District and Circle lines to the Sloane Square stop located 3 minutes walk from the tunnel
- By train: the nearest station is Victoria station, located 10/12 minutes walk from the tunnel
Historical notes and curiosities: what to know in brief
Initially the Saatchi Gallery it had been opened by Charles Saatchi just to show the world his collection. Later, however, it went through various phases that led it to host various American artists with a minimalist current, later extending to British artists as well. Much later he has restricted his exposure to paintings only, while it eventually made a complete return to American contemporary art and in 2010 was recognized as the Museum of Contemporary Art for London.