One of the highlights of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015 in London is Jim Lambie’s colourful vinyl staircase installation. There is a treat in store, with another of his installations on show at the 20th anniversary exhibition of the Zabludowicz Collection.
The Zabludowicz Collection has, over the last 20 years, developed into a major independent international art collection, now containing over 3000 works by over 500 artists. This 20th-anniversary exhibition gives an insight into the development of a collection which is still growing and evolving.
In London, the Collection has been based since 2007 in a former 19th- century Methodist chapel built which had fallen into disrepair and provides a series of characterful but challenging spaces in which to show contemporary art
Upstairs in the former main chapel space is Jim Lambie’s brightly-coloured floor installation Zobop (Fluorescent) alongside Brazilian artist Alexandre de Cunha’s concrete mixer drums transformed into urns and the American collaborators Wade Guyton and Kelley Walker’s installation which has a timeless feeling – it could have been there for years, yet has been created using modern scanning and digital printing techniques. In the church hall at the rear are works by artists who were active in 1990s London when the Collection was established, including Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Rachel Whiteread, Keith Tyson and Martin Creed, while elsewhere international artists on display include Maria Lassnig, Sigmar Polke, Isa Genzken and Julia Wachtel. Less known artists include Heather Phillipson with her installation Zero Pint Garbage Matte and there is a fascinating installation Bad Brains by Samara Golden where viewers immerse themselves in a changing and surreal multi-media experience.
A few tube stations away in another old building, this time a converted factory, the David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF), founded in 2007, has a lively show curated by Christine Eyene “All Of Us Have A Sense Of Rhythm” which examines the rhythm and beats of Africa and their impact on contemporary art, with sound, music, video, literature and visual arts in recent and new work by artists from Africa, the UK, Europe and the USA.
These two independent collections continue to grow and introduce new and emerging artists in their characterful exhibition spaces.