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'Cranford Collection: Out of the House' on display at the Grupo Santander City

Cranford Collection

  • For the first time, a selection of artistic gems from the Cranford Collection will be on display at the Santander Art Gallery through 16 June. The collection, which features some of the best contemporary artists and offers a unique perspective on British-German dialogue, is one of the most important in Europe

February 18th, 2013. Cranford Collection. Out of the House’ is the name of the exhibition on display at the Art Gallery in Santander Financial City, in Boadilla del Monte, from 9 February – 16 June. The show, organised by Fundación Banco Santander, opened last week in the presence of Alfredo Sáenz, Group CEO; Muriel and Freddy Salem, Cranford Collection patrons; and the artist Paul Noble.

The collection is considered one of the most important in Europe because it features some of today’s most acclaimed artists. This is the first time the collection has been on display outside of London, and the Art Gallery at the Grupo Santander City has been awarded the privilege of introducing the public to this selection of 92 works by 26 artists.

The exhibition includes British and German art from the mid-80s to today, and features artists such as Damien Hirst, Rebecca Warren, Franz West, Paul Noble, Spartacus Chetwynd, Martin Kippenberger, Sigmar Polke, Albert Oehlen, and others.

According to Muriel Salem, collector and curator, “The artists reflect society and the world we live in. Each of them has created a personal and intimate piece. I think of artists as activists with a language of their own, which is illegible at first, but which reveals its meaning over time.”

“This exhibition has been both a challenge and an extraordinary opportunity: it was challenging to relocate the works from the house to the installation space, but at the same time, it was an opportunity to contemplate the collection with a view toward displaying it and sharing it with a wider audience,” says Anne Pontégnie, the show’s curator.

As Director of Fundación Banco Santander, Borja Baselga explains, “What we try to do at the Foundation is expose the public to the work of the greatest artists living and working today, hence our commitment to bringing the best contemporary art collections, never before seen in our country, to the Santander Art Gallery.”

‘Cranford Collection’
The collection (http://cranfordarts.org/) was founded in 1999 by the Salem family, with the support and collaboration of curator Andrew Renton. From the start, the London-based collection sought to support emerging artists making an impact in the international contemporary art world. At present, Cranford Collection features over 700 pieces of painting, sculpture, photography, installations, video, and illustrations.

In 2005, the collection was mounted in the home of Muriel and Freddy Salem, which became an unconventional exhibition space that allowed the public to contemplate the possibilities of contemporary art outside the habitual gallery context. Cranford Collection collaborates with numerous public institutions, in the UK and abroad, by lending specific works to museums and artistic organisations around the world.

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