21 June 2013


El Anatsui, Balken, 2012. Aluminium and copper wire, 260 x 320 cm

Gerald Wilde. Intelligence Now, 1977. Oil on paper, 135 x 177 cm

23 May – 3 Aug 2013
October Gallery, London

To coincide with El Anatsui’s monumental installation covering the façade of the Royal Academy of Arts during their Summer Exhibition, October Gallery, London, will display two of the artist’s recent works, Iris and Balkan in the exhibition Masters of the TransvangardeMasters of the Transvangarde celebrates the pioneers of the “trans-cultural avant-garde”, with an eclectic gathering of masterpieces of contemporary art from around the world.
Also on display will be work by William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Rachid Koraïchi, Gerald Wilde and Kenji Yoshida.

See the exhibition website for more information. 

El Anatsui has garnered much international acclaim for a range of spectacular site-based installations. This large-scale bespoke piece, created for the Royal Academy, measures 15m x 23m and is entitled TSIATSIA - searching for connection. It will hang from the balustrade of Burlington House for the duration of the Summer Exhibition.

El Anatsui, 'TSIATSIA - searching for connection', 2013. Aluminium, (bottle-tops, printing plates, roofing sheets) and copper wire, 15 x 23 metres. Photo © Benedict Johnson.

The sculpture is an intricate, shimmering, metallic ‘wall-hanging’ created from aluminium bottle-tops, printing plates and roofing sheets, amongst other materials.

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