Next month, the ICA will return briefly to its first beloved home at 17-18 Dover Street, the address most of us now know as Dover Street Market. 17 successful years at its previous location from May 1950 to December 1967, the ICA was at the cutting-edge of contemporary art, the first to display the work of Jackson Pollock in London, avid supporters of the American pop art scene and the Independent Group. ”The atmosphere was always lively, as there was nowhere else in London at that time to encounter the latest in experimental art and culture…this is where the avant-garde met and played, socialised and argued, before stepping out into the evening air of London’s West End.” For “ICA Off-Site” the institute will take over all 6 floors at Dover Street Market, displaying some of the iconic imagery from their early years at the Central London address. The installation will also mark the launch of `Institute of Contemporary Arts: 1946 – 1968’, an impressive 256 page chronicle of more stories and imagery from this period, gathered by art historian Anne Massey and executive director, Gregor Muir.
ICA Off-Site – Dover Street Market, 17-18 Dover Street, London, W1S 4LT – February 10th and run through to April 6th.