8 April 2014

Sculpture in the Home at Pangolin London

The best thing about working at Kings Place is the art. There are modern statues on the two sides facing the canal, a large gallery on level -1 that often spills over to level -2 and there is Pangolin London too.

Pangolin London is the little gallery on the York Road side that lies between The Guardian and the main entrance to the arts complex and the offices. Because of its street-side location it is a gallery that I have looked in to many times but have only popped into a couple of times.

The current exhibition, Sculptures in the Home, was so striking that I had to go in and have a closer and longer look.

Sculpture in the Home was inspired by exhibitions with the same name from the 40's and 50's. It had a rich feast of sculptures and a nice topping of a few pictures displayed in three period rooms.

Everything about it was brilliantly conceived and executed.

The rooms were as lovely as anything in the Geffrye Museum and it was worth going just to see the two Wingback Armchairs in Sanderson Festival fabric. The furniture and furnishings were part of the exhibition and were included in the catalogue. The chairs that I loved were a tempting £3,000 each.

I would have been quite satisfied if that was all that the exhibition consisted of but there was more to it than that. The real point of the rooms was to show off the works of art.

Discretely sprinkled across the room were 32 sculptures and 21 prints. They were placed so naturally that it was hard to find all of them.

The sculptures were by people like Lynn Chadwick and Elisabeth Frink who even I had heard of.

I would have loved to take all three rooms home with me just as they were but I was about £1m short of the asking price so I had to be content with just looking and dreaming.

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