About the MuseumWhereas most galleries pay homage to ancient artists and classics of old, this special gallery focuses on modern, and at times anonymous, artists. This is what is special about this museum. The gallery was established in 2008 in a prestigious building, with the collaboration of Charles Saatchi, an adman and art collector, and the Phillips de Pury auction house. It is important to emphasize that it was opened earlier but was located on the southern bank of the River Thames.
The gallery, which has been around for 25 years, is located on the prestigious Chelsea Street and receives approximately 1.5 million visitors each year. It is a small building, and its three floors can be viewed within an hour. Its large, light-flooded white spaces invite visitors for a pleasant and enriching tour.
The entrance to the gallery and exhibitions are free of charge, occasionally there are closed events for the public or for paid exhibitions.
Charles SaatchiThe founder and owner of the gallery was a collector and dealer of art. In 1985 he opened the gallery to display his collections. The original collections presented in the gallery had many works of art, mainly by British and American artists. Later, the gallery expanded to a show of artworks from around the world, including Chinese art.
During his years in the gallery, Saatchi sold many items from his original collection. He supported young artists and invested in a new generation of British artists, some avant-garde artists, whom he financed and promoted. One of the best-known artists of the time was Damien Hirst in 1988.
Rolling Stones ExhibitionAn exhibition was held here in 2016 of more than 500 art objects, costumes, rare recordings and a behind-the-scenes peek at the famous Rolling Stones. The exhibition spanned over the two upper floors of the gallery, and the visitors were able to enjoy an interactive and enriching tour of the band’s journey over time. This gallery took three years of work to put together. The exhibition's reference, incidentally, is less to the band members and more to the accessories they used, their instruments and their objects.