13 November 2020 – 7 February 2021
Saatchi Gallery is excited to present JR: Chronicles - the largest solo museum exhibition to date of the internationally recognised French artist JR, featuring some of his most iconic projects from the past fifteen years. The exhibition traces JR’s career from his early documentation of graffiti artists as a teenager in Paris to his large-scale architectural interventions in cities worldwide and his recent digitally collaged murals that create collective portraits of diverse communities.
Wednesday-Sunday (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Last entry 5pm
Entry is by pre-booked ticket only. This applies to all visitors, including Saatchi Gallery Members. Ticketholders should arrive within the time slot indicated on their ticket. The Gallery will permit entry to late-comers where possible and subject to the capacity of the exhibition spaces. There is no restriction on the time that visitors may spend within the exhibition excepting for the closing time of the spaces to the public each day. We may ask visitors to move on if any Gallery space becomes busy. There is no right of re-entry to the exhibition once the ticket-holder has left the Gallery.
Born in Paris in 1983 to Eastern European and Tunisian immigrant parents, JR began his career as a graffiti artist. After finding a camera in the Paris Metro in 2001, he began documenting his friends in the act of graffitiing and soon started pasting the photographs on building facades throughout urban centres. JR spotlights communities across the world by photographing individual members of those communities and then wheat pasting their images—sometimes illegally—at a monumental scale usually reserved for advertisements featuring models, celebrities, and politicians. These installations are deliberately placed in public spaces near or within the communities with whom JR has partnered, allowing the individuals portrayed to remain at the centre of the discussions prompted by the artist’s work. JR is a TED Prize winner, Oscar nominated filmmaker, and one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2018. He has received critical acclaim for his global art projects that bring together diverse groups of participants and create dialogue around critical social issues, from women’s rights to immigration, to gun control.
Saatchi Gallery is committed to playing our part in encouraging the art world to reopen by supporting artists and exhibitions. The health and safety of everyone involved remains our top priority. All visitors, including Members, need to book a timed ticket online before visiting. There are one-way routes around the gallery, guiding visitors through the exhibition. Each route offers access to toilets, our Saatchi Store and Restaurant. All visitors are required to wear face coverings whilst inside our galleries, apart from those who are exempt. If you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with Covid-19, or if you’ve recently been in contact with someone who has Covid-19 please stay at home and delay your trip until it is safe to visit the Gallery. All of our staff have been given comprehensive Covid-19 specific training.
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