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Richard Wilson EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

20:50

20:50

Richard Wilson
20:50

1987

Used sump oil, steel

Dimensions variable
Richard Wilson’s 20:50 is truly a contemporary masterpiece. The work is the only permanent installation at the Saatchi Gallery and has been continuously shown in each of the gallery’s venues since 1991. Currently on display in Gallery 13 – a room custom built for the piece – 20:50 transforms the gallery into a site of epic illusion.

Viewed from the entrance platform 20:50 appears as a holographic field: simultaneously a polished floor, infinite clear pool, an expansive and indefinable virtual space that clinically absorbs and mirrors the gallery architecture. The room is in fact entirely flooded in oil.

Visitors are invited to examine the piece close-up via a walkway that extends into the lake, placing the viewer, waist deep, at the centre of a perfect mathematically symmetrical scope. Through this altered perspective 20:50’s phantasmical aura is enhanced, amplifying the disorientating and mesmerising experience of the space, and further confounding physical logic.

20:50 takes its name from the type of recycled engine oil used. It is thick, pitch black, and absolutely indelible: please take extreme care with your clothing and belongings, and no matter how tempting, please do not touch. 20:50 often has to be demonstrated to be believed: the liquid can be seen by blowing very gently on the surface.

Richard Wilson's BIOGRAPHY

Richard Wilson
1953
Born in London, UK

SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2008
Richard Wilson, Edinburgh Festival

2007
RIBA Drawing Show, Liverpool
Chris Westbrook Gallery, London
Turning the place Over, Lead work for Year of Culture, Liverpool
Meter’s Running, Pula, Croatia.
Gallerie Fumagalli, Bergamo, Italy.

2006
Richard Wilson, Curve Gallery, Barbican Art Centre, London
5 Piece Kit, Matthew Bown Gallery, London

2005
Queen & Gantry,Storey Gallery, Lancaster

2004
Bank Job, Caveau, Palazzo delle Papesse Contemporary Art centre, Sienna
Program, London

2003
Irons in the Fire, Wapping Project, London
Butterfly, Wapping Project, London
Rolling Rig, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

2002
Irons in the Fire, Mappin Gallery, Sheffield; Leeds Metropolitan Gallery,
Leeds; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

2000
Turbine Hall Swimming Pool, Clare College Mission Church, London
Set North for Japan (74˚33’ 2”), Gimpel Fils, London

1999
Hung Drawn and Quartered, Ha’Mumche Gallery, Tel Aviv
Pipe Dreams, Architectural Association, London (collaboration with After
Image)

1997
Going In/Off, Chateau de Sacy, Picardie
Hung, Drawn and Quartered, Stadtsches Museum, Zwickau
Drawings, Otto Dix Haus, Gera
Irons in the Fire, Globe Gallery, South Shields
Tate Christmas Tree, Tate Gallery, London

1996
Room 6 Channel View Hotel, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Formative Processes, Gimpel Fils, London
Jamming Gears, Serpentine Gallery, London

1994
Watertable, Matt’s Gallery, London
Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle, Eire
Deep End, LA/UK, Festival MOCA, Los Angeles
Galerie Klaus Fischer, Berlin
Galerie Valeria Belvedere, Milan

1993
Installation, Kunsterhaus Bethanien, Berlin

1992
Swift Half and Return to Sender, Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste, Calais

1991
Lodger, Valeria Belvedere, Milan

1990
All Mod Cons, Edge Biennial, Newcastle
High Rise, Great Britain/USSR, Kiev, Moscow
Take Away, Centre of Contemporary Art, Warsaw
Sea Level, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window, Matt’s Gallery, London
High-Tec, Museum Of Modern Art, Oxford
High Rise, Sao Palo Biennial, Brazil

1989
Leading Lights, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaederfabrik, Odense

1987
20:50, Matt’s Gallery, London
One Piece at a Time, Tyne Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, TWSA 3D
Up A Blind Alley, Trigon Biennale, Graz
Hot Live Still, Art in Action, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth

1986
Stoke Stack Lightning, Stoke Garden Festival Commission, Stoke on Trent
Halo, The Aperto, Venice Biennale
Heatwave, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

1985
Sheer Fluke, Matt’s Gallery, London
Hopperhead, Café Gallery, London

1983
Viaduct, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

1978
12 Pieces, Coracle Press Gallery, London

1976
11 Pieces, Coracle Press Gallery, London


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2008
Still-Film, Tate Britain
Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone
Royal Academy Summer Show

2007
Rummage, Sculptor’s Drawings, Winchester.
Royal Academy Summer Show
Objects of Art, Matthew Bown Gallery, London

2006
Royal Academy Summer Show
Butterfly, Platform China, Beijing, China
This will not happen without you, Collective Archive, Locus + touring show

2005
Break Neck Speed, Yokohama Triennal, Yokohama, Japan

2004
Wings of Art, Stadt Aachen – Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst
Marks in Space, Usher Gallery, Lincoln
Galleria Fumagalli, Bergamo, Italy

2003
Independence, South London Gallery, London
20:50, Saatchi Gallery, County Hall, London.
Bad Behaviour, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

2002
Thinking Big: 21st Century British Sculpture, Peggy Guggenheim
Collection, Venice
Groove, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield

2001
Field Day, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei
Double Vision, Galerie fur Zeitgenossischekunst, Leipzig
Close Encounters of the Art Kind, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Multiplication, The British Council, touring to venues in Romania, Croatia,
Poland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Russia, 2001/3
Structurally Sound, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City
Cultural Ties, London

1999
54 x 54, Times Building, London
The Office of Misplaced Events (Temporary Annexe), Lotta Hammer,
London

1998
Drawing Itself, London Institute, London
25 years, The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland

1997
Dexion 50th Anniversary Sculpture Commission for NEC, Birmingham

1996
A Matter of Facts, Kulturamt Munster, Munster
Mirades (sorbre el Museu), D’Art Contemporani, Barcelona
Islands, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

1995
Mitzpe Ramon Co-Existence Project, Israel

1994
Art Unlimited: Artist’s Multiples, South Bank Touring Exhibition

1993
A Space without Art, Fernsehturm, Berlin
On Siat, Museet for Samstidskunst, Oslo
Private: Kunstwerk, Berlin
The Boatshow, Café Gallery, London
Time Out Billboard Project, London

1992
La Casa di Alice, Gallery Mazzocchi, Parma, Italy
Not too Clear on the Viewfinder, Sydney Biennale
Another World, Mito Foundation, Tokyo
Heatwave, Serpentine Gallery, London (collaboration with Paul Burwell
and Anne Bean)

1991
Saatchi Gallery, London

1988
Made To Measure, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

1987
Art Of Our Time, The Saatchi Collection, The Royal Scottish Academy,
Edinburgh

1986
Sculptors Drawings, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham ( and touring)

1984
British Artists Books, Atlantis Gallery, London

1983
Pagan Echoes, Riverside Studios Gallery, London
Clifftop Sculpture Park, Portland, Dorset
Four Artists, Galerie Hoffman, Germany

1982
Paper Works, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
South Bank Show, Coracle Press Gallery, London

1981
Romance Science Endeavour, Portsmouth City Arts Gallery, Portsmouth
Bookworks, Southhill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell

1980
Wind Instruments, Coracle Press Gallery, London
Portsmouth/Duisberg Link Exhibition, Lehmbruch Museum, Lehmbruch

1979
Sculptural Views, Waterloo Gallery, London

1978
Coracle Press in Amsterdam, Galerie da Costa, Amsterdam

1977
Miniatures, Coracle Press Gallery, London

1976
Whitechapel Open Exhibition, Whitechapel Gallery, London

1975
The London Group, Camden Arts Centre, London