This world-famous gallery has settled into its latest home in the former Royal Military Asylum building in 1801. British mega-collector Charles Saatchi is known for shocking the world with his stunningly avant-garde exhibitions of art. Art lovers define the controversial collector as the vision of the 21st century -- or else demand that he be jailed at once and the key thrown away. If you're offended at the revered Madonna (no, not that one) with elephant dung, or Damien Hirst's picked sharks, then go look at a Rembrandt. This former ad man has been called everything from a "modern-day Medici" to a "Machiavellian mogul." Saatchi's aim is to bring contemporary art to the widest possible audience. He presents works by unseen young artists or by established international artists whose work is rarely if ever exhibited n the U.K. Regardless of what's on display at the time of your visit, it's liable to be controversial.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010