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Cabinet Gallery

Cabinet Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in London that has become known for exhibiting avant-garde and experimental works. However, the gallery's history is not without its share of unexpected twists and turns.

In the early 1990s, the gallery's founder, Andrew Renton, was approached by a group of squatters who had taken over an abandoned building in East London. The squatters proposed that the building be used as a cultural space, and Renton saw an opportunity to create a new kind of art gallery.

Despite the challenges of working in a rundown building that lacked basic amenities like heating and electricity, Cabinet Gallery quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the London art scene. The gallery's unconventional location and DIY ethos attracted a young, edgy crowd that was hungry for something new and exciting.

However, in 2004, disaster struck. The building that housed Cabinet Gallery was destroyed in a fire, leaving Renton and his team without a space to exhibit their art. Undeterred, Renton decided to take the gallery in a new direction, partnering with a group of artists to create a traveling exhibition that would be staged in a series of disused buildings throughout London.

The exhibition, which was called "Permaculture," was a huge success, drawing crowds of art enthusiasts and helping to establish Cabinet Gallery as a leader in the London art scene. In the years that followed, the gallery continued to push the boundaries of contemporary art, exhibiting works by artists like Tacita Dean, Martin Creed, and Jonathan Monk.

Today, Cabinet Gallery is a well-respected institution that continues to challenge and inspire its audiences with its unconventional exhibitions and groundbreaking artists. Despite the challenges it has faced over the years, the gallery's commitment to experimentation and innovation has never wavered, making it a true force to be reckoned with in the world of contemporary art.

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  • Location
  • London, 132 Tyers Street Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
  • Participated in:
  • Basel Hall 2.1