Memory Palace




Memory defines us, whether the personal memories that shape our sense of self or the collective, cultural and historical memories on which societies build their identities. Memory has been a key to recovery from the trauma of the twentieth century’s historical calamities, and to surviving the pace of change in the modern age.

Art lends itself to the personal and confessional, and is a powerful medium for stories missing from history’s official record. In a cast, a print or a photograph, or through found materials, art can embody an intrinsic, indexical memory. The act of recording memory is invoked in works using text and other forms of notation, while art that appeals to senses beyond the visual conjures a Proustian idea of memory, as something which can be triggered by an intense sensory experience. Memory Palace is named for the best-known mnemonic device among the ‘arts of memory’ expounded by ancient classical and Chinese scholars. In the technique, the subject mentally places the objects to be remembered along a path through a familiar location, recalling them by retracing the journey.

Located across White Cube’s London galleries at Bermondsey and Mason’s Yard, Memory Palace is articulated by an architectural framework that leads the viewer through six broad themes of memory: Historical, Autobiographical, Traces, Transcription, Collective and Sensory.

Franz Ackermann
Etel Adnan
Darren Almond
Ellen Altfest
Michael Armitage
Christine Ay Tjoe
Miroslaw Balka
Georg Baselitz
Tracey Emin
Theaster Gates
Gilbert & George
Antony Gormley
Andreas Gursky
David Hammons
Mona Hatoum
He Xiangyu
Robert Irwin
Runa Islam
Sergej Jensen
Anselm Kiefer
Rachel Kneebone
Imi Knoebel
Elad Lassry
Jac Leirner
Liu Wei
Liza Lou
Ibrahim Mahama
Christian Marclay
Josiah McElheny
Julie Mehretu
Beatriz Milhazes
Harland Miller
Sarah Morris
Gabriel Orozco
Damián Ortega
Virginia Overton
Eddie Peake
Magnus Plessen
Jessica Rankin
Doris Salcedo
Raqib Shaw
Haim Steinbach
Fred Tomaselli
Jeff Wall
Cerith Wyn Evans

Also on at White Cube Bermondsey Street

Duration 11 July 2018 - 15 September 2018
Times Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm
Cost Free
Venue White Cube - Mason's Yard
Address 25-26 Mason's Yard (Off Duke Street), London, SW1Y 6BU
Contact 2079305373 / enquiries@whitecube.com / www.whitecube.com

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