Earlier in the week, I had been on a visit to the London Transport Workshop Museum at Acton Town where the original paintings for many of London Transport’s posters are stored in a controlled environment on moveable metal mesh screens, artistic memories of an era which when poster design was at its zenith. The Zak Group’s design for ‘Memory Palace’ uses and extends this aesthetic across the two White Cube galleries in London with metal mesh screens, curves and enclosures for video displays, reinforcing the theme of the exhibition linked to memories. Warehouses of art are full of memories and artists themselves capture and record memories, whether of their own view of their subjects or of political and societal issues which need to be remembered.
Memory Palace is also a reminder of the artists shown at previous White Cube exhibitions and of the artists the gallery represents including Gilbert & George, Tracy Emin, Cerith Wyn Evans, Michael Armitage, Rachel Kneebone, Mona Hatoum, Antony Gormley and Anself Kiefer, all grouped around different themes, with Historic memories at Mason’s Yard and Autobiographical, Traces, Transcription, Collective and Sensory memories at Bermondsey.
It pays to visit Mason’s Yard first and then catch the Jubilee Line from Green Park to London Bridge to continue the exhibition at Bermondsey.