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Encyclopedia > Institute of Contemporary Arts
External view of the entrance to the ICA from the Mall.
External view of the entrance to the ICA from the Mall.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) is a modern art centre on The Mall in London, England. It is located within Nash House, which is part of Carlton House Terrace, near the Duke of York Steps and Admiralty Arch and contains galleries, a theatre, two cinemas and a bar. ICA on the mall taken by C Ford 7th March 04. ... ICA on the mall taken by C Ford 7th March 04. ... Modern art is a general term used for most of the artistic production from the late 19th century until approximately the 1970s. ... The Londoner:Kawasaki, Japan The Londoner, one of the most prolific and biggest malls in the world is located in Kawasaki, Japan. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq... The East Terrace soon after completion. ... Categories: Stub | Monuments in London | National government buildings in London | Memorials ...

It was founded by Peter Watson, Herbert Read, Geoffrey Grigson and Roland Penrose in 1947. The ICA's founders intended to establish a space where artists, writers and scientists could debate ideas outside of the traditional confines of the Royal Academy. The first exhibitions were held in rented premises organised by Penrose, '40 Years of Modern Art' was followed by '40,000 Years of Modern Art' reflecting his interest in primitivism. Victor William (Peter) Watson (September 14, 1908 – May 3, 1956) was a wealthy art collector in England in the 20th century. ... Sir Herbert Edward Read, MC, DSO (1893–1968) was an English poet and critic of literature and art. ... Geoffrey Grigson (2nd March 1905 - 1985) was an English writer. ... Sir Roland Penrose (14 October 1903 - 23 April 1984) was an English artist, historian and poet. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... This article refers to an art institution in London. ... Primitivism is an artistic movement that looks to early human history and non-Western or childrens art for inspiration and makes use of themes or stylistic elements from prehistory and tribal cultures. ...

The ICA's first regular premises were in Dover Street. In its early years, the Institute organised exhibitions of modern art including Picasso and Jackson Pollock, it also launched Pop art, Op art, and British Brutalist art and architecture. The Independent Group met at the ICA in 1952–1962/63 and organised several exhibitions, including This is Tomorrow. Lawrence Alloway acted as assistant Director during the mid 1950's to the later 1950s. With the support of the Arts Council, the ICA moved to its current site in 1968. It has subsequently been claimed that the ICA was being used as a front for the CIA. For a period during the 1970s the Centre was more known for its often anarchic programme and administration. Dover Street is a street in Mayfair, London, England. ... A young Pablo Picasso Pablo Picasso, formally Pablo Ruiz Picasso, (October 25, 1881 - April 8, 1973) was one of the recognized masters of 20th century art. ... Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956) was an influential American painter and a major force in the abstract expressionist movement. ... House I, created by Roy Lichtenstein in 1996, is designed to be an optical illusion. ... Op art is a term used to described certain paintings made primarily in the 1960s which exploit the fallibilty of the eye through the use of optical illusions. ... Brutalism is an architectural style that spawned from the Modernist architectural movement and which flourished from the 1950s to the 1970s. ... The IG or Independent Group is known for having launched Pop Art. ... This is Tomorrow was an seminal art exhibition in August 1956 at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. ... Lawrence Alloway (1926-1989) coined the term pop art in the late 1950s to indicate that art has a basis in the popular culture of its day and takes from it a faith in the power of images. ... The Arts Council of Great Britain was a Quango dedicated to the promotion of the fine arts in Britain. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... The CIA Seal The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an American intelligence agency, responsible for obtaining and analyzing information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals, and reporting such information to the various branches of the U.S. Government. ...

In 2002 then ICA Chairman Ivan Massow criticised what he described as 'concept art' leading to his resignation. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Ivan Massow (born 1967) is a prominent businessman and British politician, formerly chairman of Londons Institute of Contemporary Arts. ...

The ICA appointed Ekow Eshun Artistic Director in 2005 following the departure of Philip Dodd. Ekow Eshun (born May 27, 1968) is the Artistic Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts. ...

The annual Beck's Futures prize is exhibited and hosted there. Becks Futures is a British art prize sponsored by Becks beer given to contemporary artists. ...

It has staged the onedotzero digital film festival for over a decade (from 1996). onedotzero is an annual digital film festival with tour based in London, England. ...


See also


Norman Rosenthal (born 1944) is a British curator. ... Alexander Sandy Nairne (born 1953) is a British museum director and writer and since 2002 Director of the National Portrait Gallery. ...

External links

  • ICA website

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