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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 38 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.


Current Exhibition

Blue Brain Project, Digital Vistas Illuminate the Complexity of the Mind - Neurons, Astrocytes and Blood Vessels.
Science & algorithms - Eleftherios Zisis, visualisation research and design - Nicolas Antille.
© 2005-2018 Blue Brain Project / EPFL All rights reserved.
P O R T A L
8 March - 5 May 2018

An intriguing new exhibition of works by Greg Dunn,
Rafael Trelles, Rithika Merchant, Pablo Amaringo, Chewang Dorje Lama and Ralo Mayer. Recent findings in systems neuroscience seem to imply that the human brain itself creates – in a kind of controlled hallucination – the ‘reality’ within which it thinks it exists.  Using the twin prisms of art and science, Portal presents a gateway through which to examine how trances, visions and dreams manifest in human consciousness, becoming the raw material that both artists and scientists interpret.  Each exhibiting artist offers an invitation to re-open Blake’s ‘doors of perception’ and contemplate the infinite potential offered by the creativity of the human mind. 


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Forthcoming Exhibition

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Fragile 2, 2018.
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 170 x 150 cm.
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga
Fragile Responsibility
10 May - 16 June 2018

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1991, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga studied painting at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa. While the strict, almost 19th-century style of formal figuration that has been taught at the Académie since its colonial-era founding allowed the artist to develop sophisticated painterly skills, ultimately he found its program conceptually stifling and abandoned his studies there in 2011. He quickly aligned himself with other artists to establish M’Pongo, a group studio where a diverse set of young artists shared ideas and exhibited together to generate their own vibrant scene, which tapped into the high-energy creativity of contemporary Kinshasa.

In this new series, the artist is focused specifically on the economy of porcelain in the Congo, which was used as currency in the trading of slaves during the Colonial era.


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Most Recent Exhibitions

Brion Gysin, After Midnight in Marrekesh, 1968. Ink and paint on card, 18 x 25 cm.
TRANSVANGARDE
1 February - 3 March 2018

October Gallery presents Transvangarde, an exhibition of contemporary art by outstanding artists including: Tian Wei, Golnaz Fathi, Laila Shawa, Alexis Peskine, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, El Anatsui, Romuald Hazoumè, Govinda Sah ‘Azad’, Genesis P-Orridge, Sylvie Franquet, Sokari Douglas Camp CBE, James Barnor, Daniele Tamagni, Brion Gysin and Kenji Yoshida.


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Hassan Massoudy
‘Men build too many walls
and not enough bridges’
Joseph Fort Newton (1876-1950)
, 2016.
Water-based pigments on paper, 65 x 50 cm.
HASSAN MASSOUDY:
Breath, Gesture and Light
7 December 2017 - 27 January 2018
October Gallery presents a new solo exhibition by master artist-calligrapher, Hassan Massoudy. This will be his second solo exhibition at the gallery.
Hassan Massoudy is an artist for whom the word itself remains the most sublime creative force.  His work features the texts of a diverse range of writers, from poet, Charles Baudelaire and philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Virgil and Ibn ‘Arabi.  A sense of balance prevails in his work, whether between erudite discipline and artistic experimentation, or as played out through his understanding of the vigorous use of line, strength of gesture, abandon and grace.

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