The Independent Group: Parallel of Art & Life


Parallel of Life and Art, 1953

The Independent Group met at the original ICA in Dover Street from 1952-5. Celebrated today as the so-called Fathers of Pop, they worked with art, science, technology and popular culture. From horror films to theories of evolution, modern architecture to Marilyn Monroe, this group project worked beyond traditional boundaries and conventional disciplinary areas.
The exhibitions organised by the group were highly innovative, both in terms of layout and the range of objects displayed. The Independent Group shows introduced the new age of modernity and mass culture to the gallery space. Reflecting the Group’s collage mentality, new technology and high end design were juxtaposed with avant-garde art.

The exhibition The Independent Group: Parallel of Art & Life – March 27 – June 9, 2013, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London – will include paintings, drawings and photographs by John McHale, Magda Cordell, Nigel Henderson, Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton, alongside related designed objects and ephemera from the Independent Group. Evoking the ICA’s original home in Dover Street in the 1950s, the exhibition will be designed to give viewers a sense of ‘The Home of the Avant Garde’ which first attracted this collection of creative practitioners. In addition, a two day conference will bring together leading researchers, practitioners and curators who are working on aspects of the Independent Group. The aim will be to consider ways in which the Independent Group have been, and continue to be, exhibited.

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