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Friday 14 February 2003 4.43pm
i've heard (as i'm sure you all have) that charles saatchi is planning to create an exhibition space at country hall to display his modern art collection (damian hurst's pickled shark and tracy emin's 'my bed', among other things). does anyone know how this is progressing? i'm sure i saw somewhere that it was supposed to be opening in march, but i've not heard anything recently. was it march 2004?

Friday 14 February 2003 5.20pm
From Reuters news service. Now claiming April

Wed February 12, 2003 01:51 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's leading private collection of contemporary art will go on permanent show to the public within two months as multimillionaire philanthropist Charles Saatchi opens his new gallery.
"This is the most iconic collection of contemporary works of art in the world," Saatchi spokesman William Miller told Reuters Wednesday during a tour of the building.

The Saatchi collection, currently being assembled in County Hall -- the seat of London's government from 1912 to 1987 -- should open in mid-April and put the finishing stamp to what has been dubbed Culture Mile along the banks of the River Thames.

"We will complete culture mile, which runs from Tate Britain at one end to Shakespeare's Globe at the other, taking in the Hayward Gallery, the Royal Festival Hall, the National Theater and the Tate Modern on the way," Miller said.

"There is a lack of knowledge and understanding about contemporary art. We will fill the gap," he added as workmen toiled to refurbish the monumental granite building that is now owned by a Japanese businessman.

The reclusive Saatchi, who made his fortune in advertising with his brother Maurice -- now a Conservative Party peer -- has over the past two decades amassed an eclectic collection that currently includes over 2,000 pieces.

He almost single-handedly made the reputations of BritArt's Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin whose pickled quadrupeds and soiled bed are the centerpieces of the multimillion pound collection.

Other works in the collection include works by artists Jenny Savile, Sarah Lucas and American Duane Hanson.
Wednesday 19 February 2003 1.46pm
thanks, lang rabbie. april huh?

interesting that he is envisaging that it will 'complete the culture mile' and not (at this stage?) compete with tate modern. i wonder if there will be any effect on the tate?
Wednesday 19 February 2003 2.12pm
The obvious difference, of course, is that Tate Modern is (mostly) free, whereas there will be a hefty charge for the Saatchi Gallery.

Though it has been said that part of the reason for setting up the gallery on the South Bank is to 'get at' the Tate director Nick Serota, who has a long-running feud with Saatchi

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