The New Year is Saatchi Gallery’s 30th anniversary and it opens with a major project. For the first time it presents the first all-women exhibition. „Champagne Life”, which was opened on 14th of January and gathers 14 emerging, contemporary artists from all around the globe. On the short list are: Julia Wachtel, Mequitta Ahuja, Virgile Ittah, Marie Angeletti, Julia Dault, Alice Anderson, Jelena Bulajic, Mia Feuer, Sigrid Holmwood, Seung Ah Paik, Maha Malluh, Suzanne McClelland, Stephanie Quayle and Soheila Sokhanvari.
The exhibition title „Champagne Life” is based on Julia Wachtel’s artwork - canvas picturing a diverted image of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and a poorly copied, pale blue plastic sculpture of Minnie Mouse toy between them. It’s a kind of quintessence of the current culture driven by excessive aspirations, champagne (and prosecco as a daily ‘luxury’), lack of meaning and pursuit for a celeb life as a phantasmagoria about the life of the upper social class. There’s a noticeable allusion to Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol and also in the title of Ne-Yo’s song “Champagne Life” where we can hear the words: It’s all about them: fast car nights and them big boat days.
Walking into next rooms will confront you with a different perspective of seemingly tempting life.You’ll find Iranian artist Soheila Sokhanvari work - a horse astride on a deflating balloon.
Next room belongs to huge close-ups of elderly women painted by Serbian artist Jelena Bulajic. The beauty of the marks left by the passage of time on those faces is striking.
London based Alice Anderson’s gigantic cotton reel and sphere formed from miles of hair-like copper thread evokes contrasts between the fragility and heaviness. This minimalist connection between contemporary and ancient art pulls the viewer into the artist imaginative world.
Don’t forget to book a little more time for this event. It’s very likely that you will want to see some of the works for the second time.