Turner Contemporary by David Chipperfield

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Turner Contemporary by David Chipperfield

Architect David Chipperfield has released images of the completed seafront Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate composed of six identical volumes with an acid-etched glass skin.

Turner Contemporary by David Chipperfield

The gallery, which Dezeen showed designs for back in October, is intended to withstand the corrosive effects of the seaside environment, including the occasional high wave.

Turner Contemporary by David Chipperfield

The ground floor accommodates a reception area, event space and cafe while the exhibition spaces are on the first floor, benefitting from natural north light.

Turner Contemporary by David Chipperfield

The gallery will have no permanent collection, but will feature temporary exhibitions combining historic and contemporary works, with a focus on the work of artist JMW Turner (1775-1851).

Turner Contemporary by David Chipperfield

Photography is by Richard Bryant.

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Here are some more details from the gallery:


Turner Contemporary opens 16 April 2011
Margate’s new Turner Contemporary gallery, one of the largest and most important spaces for art outside London, opens to the public on Saturday 16 April 2011.

Turner Contemporary by David Chipperfield

The gallery will be opened by one of Margate’s most famous residents, Tracey Emin, with the musician Jools Holland and a group of local schoolchildren.

Designed by internationally acclaimed architect, David Chipperfield, winner of 2007 RIBA Stirling Prize and RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, the opening of the new gallery is one of the most anticipated cultural events of 2011.

Turner Contemporary by David Chipperfield

Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary said:
“I am thrilled to be opening the gallery on 16 April. It will be a momentous day for both Turner Contemporary and Margate and the moment we open the doors and see visitors entering this fantastic new building will be very special.”

Taking inspiration from Britain’s best-known painter, JMW Turner who was a regular visitor to Margate throughout his life, the gallery is situated on the sea front on the site of a guesthouse frequented by the artist. To mark this connection there will always be works by Turner on display in the gallery.

Turner Contemporary by David Chipperfield

John Kampfner, Chair, Turner Contemporary said: “The opening of Turner Contemporary marks the start of an extraordinary opportunity for Margate and Thanet to become one of the UK’s most compelling culture and tourism destinations. I would like to pay tribute to Kent County Council and our other partners for delivering this outstanding building on time and on budget.”

Turner Contemporary’s exhibitions programme shows a unique combination of contemporary art alongside historical work, demonstrating a particular focus on the art, thought and the legacy of JMW Turner.

Turner Contemporary by David Chipperfield

The opening show Revealed: Turner Contemporary Opens explores the themes of imagination, discovery, wonder and the creative spirit. Centred on JMW Turner’s extraordinary but little-known painting The Eruption of the Souffrier Mountains, in the Island of St Vincent, at Midnight, on the 30th of April, 1812, from a Sketch Taken at the Time by Hugh P. Keane, Esqre 1815, on loan from Victoria Gallery and Museum, University of Liverpool, the exhibition will feature new commissions by Daniel Buren, Russell Crotty, Ellen Harvey and Conrad Shawcross, together with selected works by Teresita Fernández and Douglas Gordon.

Turner Contemporary by David Chipperfield

The opening exhibition will be followed by:

  • Nothing in the World but Youth (17 Sep 2011 - 8 Jan 2012)
    An exhibition exploring how youth experience has been reflected in art, culture and the media from the late nineteenth century to the present day.
  • Hamish Fulton: Walk (17 Jan - 6 May 2012)
    Hamish Fulton's first one-person show in the UK since 2002, will include new work made as the result of the group walks in Kent that we commissioned in the lead up to the opening of Turner Contemporary.
  • Turner and the Elements (28 Jan - 13 May 2012)
    The gallery’s first major exhibition of works by JMW Turner a collaboration with Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg and National Museum, Cracow, exploring the important role that the depiction of the elements played in Turner’s landscapes, watercolours and late paintings.

Mike Hill, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: "I have been involved since the very beginning and I am immensely proud of the hard work of so many people who have worked tirelessly to reach the opening day.

It is a magnificent building which will provide many different opportunities for local people and visitors from far and wide, to come and enjoy what is on offer and help build the local economy of Margate and East Kent."

Sally Abbott, Regional Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: “We’re proud to support Turner Contemporary, and we’re looking forward to the year ahead with its programme of high quality international contemporary art. Turner Contemporary will be integral to local life and vital to regeneration, with long lasting benefits for the community. Great art enriches lives, and this gallery will help more people experience and be inspired by the arts.”

Pam Alexander, Chief Executive of the South East England Development Agency and Chair of the Margate Renewal Partnership, said: "The opening of Turner Contemporary is a huge step into the future for Margate. As an international venue, it will bring an exciting buzz to the town and create new opportunities for the people of Margate and the local economy. With the recent letting of the former M&S building in the town centre and the plans for Dreamland, it is a landmark in our work to regenerate and revitalise Margate. The project has been a great example of collaboration and we hope it will demonstrate how the arts and culture can stimulate regeneration, and we are proud our £4m investment has supported the creation of this world class Gallery."

  • simondroog

    Unfortunately you hardly ever see people in architecture photo's. I've always found that a bit odd as architecture IS for the people that use it. I wonder if the people are satisfied with the building…

    One way to find out: Does you architecture work? > http://goo.gl/C6v1W

    • SImone

      I take pictures of buildings and I really don't want people in my pictures. Sometimes it is handy if you wan tot have a sense of scale and proportion, but in general I want to have a sense of the space and volume at hand and people in the picture take something out of that experience, they distract me. I even don't want my kids in the picture. The best of two worlds would be when the people are a sort of blur as it were.

  • eppi

    Snøhetta design was much better!!!

  • dude

    Great volume, as anything by DC!

  • http://bravdesign.net Joao Sousa

    It is great to see this building finally finished! It looks really interesting and its location is outstanding. Chipperfield has done it well!

  • Karlo

    The reason why you don t see people in architecture photos ist that it is about ARCHITECTURE not epeople. Have you ever seen a car catalogue there are no people inside because you want to see how the interior of the car is designed. Same goes for bycicles, chairs or whatever if you put people inside you concentrate on the people not the object.

    I don t care if people are satisfied with the building if it is good architecure, because people are egocentric, scared , ignorant beeings and will never be able to appreciate true beauty and will always prefer what they already know to what might be an expirement.

    To see people in architecture i recommend this :
    http://www.andrewblake.com/

    He did a series of great movies inside some of the case study buildings.

  • observer

    snohetta one was challenging, chipp is just correct but nothing new, i'm getting the point about being quiet in quite small town but we could expect to go over commercial building feeling in public project.

    • ross

      anyone have a link to pictures of snohettas' proposal?

  • karl koch

    Well I think there is a point about people in Architecture as it is made for people and the scale mostly allows pictures where peolple would not be in the way, in fact it would give a better sense of scale of the spaces if there would be people in them.

    I find the facade rather disappointing but the light inside must be outstanding and that is what exhibition spaces are all about, especially if they have Turner in their name!

    The Snøhetta scheme was one of this “noisy” architectures – that was sacked for being way over budget – thank god.

  • James

    I am a committed minimal modernist, but Chipperfield's work often just bores me.

  • dean

    I really liked this building which i visited over the weekend, the terrace aspect facing back towards Margate and the sea views are great. The building is much more modest in scale than I had expected, but that is quite nice in a way. There are a few gripes though; the building is basically empty having no collection of its own and the links of the exhibited work to turner seem fairly tenuous and perhaps dare I say, an afterthought. There is a genuine feeling that there is a mix of people using the building (not just day tripping architects from London) and the allocation of space has a focus on community art projects which is also a staple of Margate. The cafe is great, but you have the feeling that when its winter and no one is outside it is going to be a bit on the small side and quickly outgrow its current space.
    Also the budget, this is touted as an economical alternative to the Snohetta scheme but it is a £17.5 million project @ 2000m2, so it cost nearly £9000 per m2 which seems seriously expensive! Overall, I really like it though and think it is definitely a great commission for Margate when you put it against some of the white elephant gallery projects of the last few years.

  • Cisca

    A beauthiful sunny springday visiting Margate, but the disappointment was too much to let pass unmentioned. The new museum is nothing like all the photos you find on the webside. From the outside it has no character, not a line or interesting curve meets the eye, the inside is even harder to come to terms with. The lay out and use of space seems utterly empty of any meaning or desire to invite the challenge of contemporary art.It is a box on the seafront without any attempt to use shapes, shadows and the playfulfulness of light through the square windows above eyelevel. It lacks any immagination of an acclaimed architect claiming rewards which buggles the mind. Walking around the building does not inspire either there is a definite lack of vision. Pedestrians wonder between random parked cars, no marked aereas for skippining childeren a tree or an inviting sculpture. Perhaps it has all to do with money but with little money one can create more than just concrete and grey matter.