Founded in 1946, the Instiute of Contemporary Arts (“ICA”) was created in order to act as a place where artists, writers and scientists could debate ideas outside of the confines of traditional organizations. Accordingly, the ICA hosts exhibitions, talks, films and performances that explore political and social issues.
Although it has art exhibitions, the ICA's purview is not limited to visual arts. Thus, in addition to staging early British exhibitions of works by Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock, it has presented concerts by the likes of David Bowie, conceptual performances by Yoko Ono, and lectures by TS Eliot and Alan Ginsberg.
The ICA moved to its present location on The Mall in 1968. It occupies part of the basement level of historic Nash House, part of Carlton House Terrace. A neighbor is the Mall Galleries and ICA is close to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery.
In addition to galleries, the ICA has a theater, two cinemas, a bookshop and a bar.
For more information on visiting, see the ICA's website.
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