The Cranford Collection, one of the most important contemporary art collections in Europe, will be shown outside its domestic setting for the first time in Spain.

The Cranford Collection is presented outside its domestic context in a Spanish exhibition
Madrid - FEB 18, 2013

The exhibition Out of the House will be the first change to see the Cranford Collection outside its British domestic setting. The place chosen for this rare presentation is the Fundación Banco Santanderin the Spanish city of Madrid. The exhibit will be focused on British and German art from the mid-eighties to present day. The artworks chosen have been created by some of the most important names in contemporary art, such as Damien Hirst, Bridget Riley, Rebecca Warren, Franz West, Albert Oehlen and Rosemarie Trockel

The curator Andrew Renton founded the Cranford Collection in 1999, at a time where London was becoming a focus for contemporary art. The collection places a special emphasis on emerging art that is contextualised by artworks of the most important names in contemporary art since the 1960s. Its main goal is to a build an international collection, that is at the same time London-based and a reflexion of the global context of contemporary art. 

In 2005, the Cranford Collection was installed in a domestic setting, creating a unique context and providing an intimate look at the artworks. The installations, which are rotated about every 18 months, present a true alternative to the conventional exhibition setting. Each room is thought to enclose its own narrative made up of the intense relationships between the artworks, the artists that created them and their aesthetics, creating a radically different narrative, much different and much more intimate than the one possible in a traditional museum context.  This leads to situations where the visitor can experience “the relationship between what you would normally find in a house and the reality of what is actually here,” explains Andrew Renton, through a close interaction with the artworks. As Muriel Salem, curator of Cranford Collection, explains in the collection visitors “are totally free to roam around”, since the collection “is there to tell you alternative or personal stories and make connections that you would probably not make otherwise, because they aren’t obvious”.

Aside from the importance of the artworks it house, the Cranford Collection is an interesting reflection about the possibility of living with contemporary artworks and how this allows them to be experienced over time in new and different ways.

Cranford Collection: Out of the House


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