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GSK Contemporary - Royal Academy of Arts

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS autumn, the Royal Academy is launching GSK Contemporary, a new electic three month season of exhibitions and events. Part 1: Molten States runs from October 31 to December 4; Part 2: Collision Course from December 16, 2008 to January 19, 2009.

Opening the season in the main first floor galleries is the multi-media exhibition Molten States. Exploring the links between art and performance, it features work from four international artists known for their focus on film, theatre and narrative – Olaf Nicolai, Rene Pollesch, Julian Rosefeldt and Catherine Sullivan.

Nicolai presents a newly commissioned installation, Lonesome Spot and Pollesch will stage a performance of Tod Eines Praktikanten (Death of a Trainee). Rosefeldt will show the trilogy featuring Stunned Man, The Perfectionist and The Soundmaker Sound Maker. And US film and video artist Sullivan’s recently commissioned work Triangle of Need, a multi-faceted combination of 16 mm film, video projection and monitors, will be shown in London for the first time.

Event Horizon is a 12-week programme of new commissions by major London-based artists curated by temporarycontemporary. Highlights include Georgina Starr, Bob and Roberta Smith, David Medalla, Spartacus Chetwynd and Marc Camille Chaimowicz.

Transforming experience through experimental installation and action, Event Horizon explores a trend in British contemporary art where ‘sculpture becomes event’. A late-night bar and social club environment by temporarycontemporary hosts installations, performances and ephemeral participatory works.

Throughout the entire run of the season, work by artists Antony Micallef, Remy Markowitsch and Maya Roos will be installed in the grand entrance hall of 6 Burlington Gardens and the surrounding ground floor galleries.

On entering the building, visitors will be greeted by Swiss artist Markowitsch’s suspended light-sculpture, Onion Options. The Berlin-based painter Roos uses the computer software Norton to break down and colour code the work of an individual and create a ‘portrait’ through the hard disk of the subject’s personal computer. The large painting, Portrait of Speed Disk, will be unveiled in the ground floor entrance gallery.

The East End restaurant Bistrotheque will be operating FLASH, a pop-up restaurant designed especially for GSK Contemporary and reflecting the preoccupations of the exhibition programme. The GSK Contemporary shop will stock amongst other things, a new limited edition print produced by London based artist Anthony Micallef, Wedgewood dinner services designed by Will Broome in collaboration with FLASH, and a series of ‘flaneur silk scarves’ commissioned by temporarycontemporary.

The season is supported by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the Royal Academy’s first title sponsor.

For more information call 020 7300 8000 or visit the website.

Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3EX.