In July 2010, Charles Saatchi announced he would be donating the Saatchi Gallery and over 200 works of art to the British public.
One of the most visited art museums in the world, The Saatchi Gallery was opened in 1985 to exhibit the art that Saatchi had collected and went on to showcase the talents of a new generation of British artists, championing Young British Artists and bringing now iconic artists such as Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume and Sarah Lucas to the forefront of the global art scene – something that the British art world had not achieved in some time. Effectively coining the YBA movement through ongoing support and sponsorship, Saatchi and his gallery have been paramount influencers on contemporary British art, and have brought to the spotlight some of the world’s most celebrated artists, when they might otherwise have been overlooked.
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May 2, 2016