Forecasted to open early next year, the latest gallery of London’s Charles Saatchi, one of the largest and most successful art collectors in the world, will be admission-free. Though London galleries do not commonly charge for admission, Saatchi’s newest, which expects more than one million visitors a year, will forgo any entrance fee for special exhibitions. Said Saatchi of the admissionless Chelsea gallery, “We hope that free admission will enable many more state schools to organize school visits and bring in more students who can’t always afford normal gallery charges. Free entry can only help spread the interest in contemporary art.”
Partnered with Saatchi, New York based boutique auction house Philip de Pury & Company will aid in financing the gallery. The gallery’s opening exhibition will feature Chinese contemporary Art, including Wang Guangyi’s “Materialist’s Art”.
— Andrew Eisen
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