David Roberts sets up home in Camden

The famous art collector has found a new home for his eclectic modern art collection in a disused factory in Camden Town

Millionaire property developer and art collector David Roberts has opened a new arts centre in a disused factory in Camden Town.

The 12,000sqft former furniture factory located in a discreet Camden mews is now home to the David Roberts Art Foundation – a collection of more than 1,800 modern art works, with the group representing more than 700 international artists. The foundation is a registered charity.

The collection, started by Roberts in the 1990s, includes work from Anish Kapoor, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Tracey Emin, Yayoi Kusama, Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein and Man Ray.

The first exhibition in the gallery is A House Of Leaves – a reference to US novelist Mark Z Danielewski’s eponymous novel in which different storylines, told in different styles, intertwine. The story is centred around a house which keeps changing with its interior becoming larger than its exterior over time. The exhibition does the same and will change constantly, with works being replaced by others to gradually alter the general context and naturally evolve from one movement to the next. There will be different “symphonies” happening over time, each beginning with key works from the collection by Louise Bourgeois, Gerhard Richter and Pierre Huyghe.


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Artists will also be invited to stage “interventions” at the exhibition, changing the environment by adding their own art pieces, created live. The first of these will be a performance art piece on October 11 with Nina Beier, Chosil Kil, Alvin Lucier, Eddie Peake and Steve Reich.

The David Roberts Art Foundation is at Symes Mews, Camden Town. www.davidrobertsartfoundation.com. A House Of Leaves is on until November 15.

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