About the Institution
Founded in 1946 by Geoffrey Grigson, Roland Penrose, Herbert Read, Peter Gregory, E.L.T. Mesens, and Peter Watson, the ICA London promotes and encourages an understanding of radical art and culture. Throughout the postwar period, the ICA presented groundbreaking exhibitions, including now-legendary shows such as "Parallel of Art and Life" (1953) and "Growth and Form" (1951) organized by members of the Independent Group. In 1968, the ICA moved to its present location on the Mall where it became increasingly synonymous with live performance, talks, and exhibitions by emerging contemporary artists. The ICA has staged the first institutional shows by British and international artists such as Jake & Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Gabriel Orozco, and Richard Prince, as well as early shows by Robert Mapplethorpe, Gerhard Richter, Luc Tuymans, and Steve McQueen. Through a vibrant program of exhibitions, films, talks, and events, the ICA continues to examine recent impulses in artistic production while stimulating debate surrounding the arts. With its critically-acclaimed exhibition and film program, as well as its Off-Site and Touring exhibitions, the ICA engages new generations of artists and audiences alike.