March 28, 2006 - The Showroom - If it didn’t exist you’d have to invent it: a partial Showroom history
March 28, 2006

If it didn’t exist you’d have to invent it: a partial Showroom history

The Showroom If it didn’t exist you’d have to invent it: a partial Showroom history

5 April to 14 May 2006:
Wednesday Sunday 13.00 18.00hs

Opening 4 April 19.00 21.00hrs

The Showroom
44 Bonner Road
London E2 9JS
T. 44 (0)20 8983 4115
F. 44 (0)20 8981 4112
Wednesday Sunday 13.00 18.00hrs

If it didn’t exist you’d have to invent it: a partial Showroom history brings together work by over eighty artists who have exhibited at the gallery between 1990 and 2006. Researching back through the archives to a period before electronic communication and computer files, the curatorial team have been tracking down as many artists as possible whose careers started at The Showroom.

We are delighted to announce that If it didn’t exist you’d have to invent it: a partial Showroom history will include work by internationally recognised artists such as Simon Starling, Jim Lambie, Mona Hatoum, Eugenio Dittborn, Francis Cape, Sam Taylor-Wood, Douglas Gordon, Christine Borland, Martin Boyce, Nathan Coley, Graham Gussin, Ceal Floyer, Keith Coventry, Rebecca Warren, desperate optimists, Anya Gallaccio, Fortuyn/OBrien, SMITH/STEWART, Forced Entertainment, Alan Michael, Cathy Wilkes, Joanne Tatham & Tom OSullivan, Chris Evans, Claire Barclay, Eva Rothschild, Zinny & Maidagan, Des Hughes, Richard Hughes, Daria Martin, Subodh Gupta, Kathrin Böhm, Aaron Williamson and juneau/projects/. Thus demonstrating the important role that The Showroom has played in supporting artists at an early career stage, and in shaping emerging tendencies.
If it didnt exist will provide a uniquely eclectic overview of the last sixteen years of contemporary art practice and reflect the programming of the three directors: David Thorp, Kim Sweet and Kirsty Ogg. The show will also provide an exciting opportunity to snap up a piece of cutting edge contemporary art, as works will be for sale through the gallery.

The exhibition also marks an important moment in The Showrooms history: it is the last exhibition to take place on site before the gallery closes for refurbishment. The Showroom will re-launch in January 2007 in a newly improved space designed by the innovative architectural practice Harty Harty, who have worked on a number of high profile buildings including Jay Joplins Fig. 1, The Institute of Visual Culture at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the new St John Bread and Wine on Commercial Street, London.

An off-site programme runs between June and December 2006 and will include: the second half of the Sound Exchange Project with Parkers Box, which will send Clare Gasson to show new work in Brooklyn between June and July and The Alien by Matti Braun, a new cross disciplinary work, based on a screen play by Indian film director Satyajit Ray for a Bengali/English science fiction film, which will be presented at the Laban, Deptford in November. We will be updating you about these projects later.

For further information please contact Kirsty Ogg or Bridget Crone at the gallery on 020 8983 4115.
The Showroom is financially assisted by Arts Council England and The Moose Foundation for the Arts. The Showroom is a member of the Arts Councils Own Art scheme.

Adelaide Bannerman, Claire Barclay, Jordan Baseman, Ólöf Björndóttir, Iwona Blazwick, Pavel Büchler, Chelsea School of Art Library, Paul Collett (1961-2005), Laura Emsley, ezppl, Peter Fillingham, Rose Finn-Kelcey, FlatPack001, Rebecca Fortnum, Eric Franck, Frieze, General Public Agency, Simon Grant, Jackie Haliday, Donna Jamieson, Ceri Hand, Margot Heller, Paul Hobson, Martin Holman, Claire Hooper, Jane Lee & Martin Hopkinson, Matthew Hunt, Sue Jones, Naseem Khan, Franz Koenig, James Lingwood, Kate MacGarry, Lynn MacRitchie, Anna Milsom, Moose Foundation for the Arts, Grace Jane Muller, Paul Nicholson, Campbell & Mairi Ogg, Michael OPray, Maureen Paley, Andrea Phillips, Sarah Pulvertaft, Alison Raftery, Craig Richardson, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, Signwave, John Slyce, Simon Starling, David Thorp, Transmission Gallery, Catherine Ugwu, Isabel Vasseur, Marc Vaulbert de Chantilly, Grant Watson and White Window are all actively supporting the work of the gallery by joining The Showroom’s Friends Scheme.

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