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Event Item: 00175
Newspeak. British Art Now
Exhibition: 27th Oct 2009 to 17th Jan 2010
The State Hermitage Museum & Saatchi Gallery. On 25 October 2009, the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg and the Saatchi Gallery, London will jointly present Newspeak: British Art Now, an exhibition of new art from Britain, featuring many artists who have emerged in the UK in the last few years and are largely unknown in the wider art world.

This exciting exhibition forms part of the "Hermitage 20/21" project, an ambitious programme aimed at showcasing the best of contemporary art in the Hermitage and expanding the display of 20th century art.

Over a decade after Sensation and the advent of the YBAs, a new generation of artists has arrived, whose work collectively reveals an arresting insight into the future of contemporary art in Britain. In Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, Newspeak is "the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year"; this exhibition turns that Orwellian vision on its head, showing that the range of visual languages being exploited and invented by these artists is in fact expanding and multiplying. Through sculpture, painting, photography and installation, they explore issues such as class, consumerism and the phenomenon of instant success culture, often with a distinctly British dry wit.

The first section of this exhibition will premiere at the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, while an expanded version in two parts will open at the Saatchi Gallery in London starting summer 2010 through to January 2011. The Hermitage exhibition will be shown in the Nikolaevsky Hall of the Winter Palace, a magnificent gallery looking out over the Neva River.

This autumn, the BBC will broadcast Saatchi Art Stars, a new TV series aimed to discover the next generation of artistic talent in Britain. Following a selection process, six people have been chosen to attend an art school established specially for them, where they will develop their work under the tutelage of leading British artists and teachers. The winner's work, chosen by Tracey Emin, artist Matthew Collings, broadcaster and writer on art Frank Cohen, collector, Kate Bush, Head of Art Galleries, Barbican and Charles Saatchi, will be exhibited in Newspeak: British Art Now, both at the State Hermitage Museum and the Saatchi Gallery. The winner will also receive a free Chelsea studio for 3 years as part of a bursary provided by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in partnership with the Saatchi Gallery.

Newspeak: British Art Now in St Petersburg features a selection of works by Hurvin Anderson, Jonathan Baldock, Pablo Bronstein, Spartacus Chetwynd, Steven Claydon, William Daniels, Dick Evans, Tessa Farmer, Robert Fry, Sigrid Holmwood, Mustafa Hulusi, Scott King, littlewhitehead, Alastair MacKinven, Goshka Macuga, Ryan Mosley, Arif Ozakca, Ged Quinn, Barry Reigate, Daniel Silver, Fergal Stapleton, Donald Urquhart, Jonathan Wateridge and Toby Ziegler.

Prof. Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum and the Head of the "Hermitage 20/21" project and Dmitry Ozerkov, Ph.D., Curator of the exhibition and Senior Researcher at the State Hermitage Museum have worked closely with the Saatchi Gallery in order to bring the show to St Petersburg. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue which includes an introductory essay by Mikhail Piotrovsky, and essays by Dmitry Ozerkov, and Patricia Ellis.

The Nicolaevsky Hall, The Winter Palace, 2 Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), 190000, St Petersburg
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