In the first project by London Munich Exchange [LME], 13 British and German artists descend into The Crypt beneath St Pancras to stage “Ruins of Time”, an exhibition of contemporary art that explores “time and its specific expression in the architecture of the site”. From 25 through 30 November 2015.
“built through contradictory forces…erected by its very ruin”
Like many of the old churches in London, beneath St Pancras Parish Church lies a basement crypt, which might serve as chapel, place of internment, or the deep dark place in which to store stuff the church doesn’t need above ground. In 2002, this small network of caverns under St Pancras, still a burial site for 500-odd infinite sleepers, also became an unusual contemporary art space aptly named The Crypt Gallery.
“Ruins of Time” is the latest exhibition that opens 25 November 2015 below St Pancras. Curated by Eleonora Bourmistrov, Milena Michalski, and Rosa Quint, a baker’s dozen of artists from Germany and the UK will install their work for a week-long showcase that includes installation, object/sculpture, 2-D pieces, site-specific artwork, and more, where each artwork somehow relates to the idea of ruin or the passage of time, as well as possibly revealing something of the space itself.
The exhibition is the first of a planned series of projects from London-Munich Exchange [LME], a burgeoning collective of artists who presently work in Britain and/or Germany. LME developed “Ruins of Time” with subsequent exhibitions planned in Munich in 2016.
Eleonora Bourmistrov, LME Director and overall curator of “Ruins of Time“, entreats the artists to “…consider the specific, historical, architectural and sacral aspects of [The Crypt Gallery], and its connection to the present, focusing on ideas revolving around time, space and place”.
On Friday 27 November 2015, a day-long programme of artist-led discussions and tours at The Crypt Gallery is an integral part of “Ruins of Time“, aimed to engage visitors and artists in dialogue around such themes as transience and temporality, memory cultural artefacts, or perception of when and where.
Participating artists in “Ruins of Time” (25-30 November 2015) are:
Eleonora Bourmistrov, Sasha Bowles, Nicholas Cheeseman, Kelise Franclemont, Ruth Hentsch, Monika Kita, Anna Levy, Milena Michalski, Despina Olbrich-Marianou, Brigitte C. Reichl, Rosa Quint, Jonathan Slaughter, and Carin E. Stoller.
Curated by Eleonora Bourmistrov (project and LME), Milena Michalski (London), and Rosa Quint (Munich)
More links and info about “Ruins of Time”
- Click thumbnail to view/download e-flyer for “Ruins of Time” [JPG]:
- Find out more about “Ruins of Time” on the official website – The Crypt Gallery, St. Pancras – about, artist profiles, images, key dates, and more.
- View/download the Press Release for “Ruins of Time” [PDF]
- View/download “Ruins of Time” catalogue [PDF]
- Learn more about The Crypt Gallery at St. Pancras Church, London
- Review: Underground gallery becomes a dream vault – The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras, London – 18 February 2014 – Curator Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro proposes the Crypt Gallery beneath St Pancras Church as the site of a “collective dream” for 20 artists, who will use a variety of mediums (no pun intended) to explore the dimensions between art and the subconscious mind.
Exhibition details: “Ruins of Time” exhibition is open from 26-30 November 2015 at The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London NW1 2BA. Entrance on Duke’s Road, nearest tube: Euston and Euston Square. Free admission; access is not step-free.
Opening hours: 26-30 November 2015, 11:00 to 6:00PM
Private view: Wednesday 25 November 2015, 6:00 to 9:00PM
For further information, please contact Eleonora Bourmistrov at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Ruins of Time” is founded by London Munich Exchange [LME] and generously supported by the City of Munich Department of Arts and Culture.