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White Cube Memory Palace Exhibition

Memory Palace is a major group exhibition extending across White Cube’s London galleries in Bermondsey and Mason’s Yard. Celebrating White Cube’s 25th Anniversary the exhibition features more than 100 recent works by over 40 artists.



The exhibition seeks to inspire reflections on the forms and themes of memory. vPPR were invited to design the exhibition’s architecture. Leading the viewer through six aspects of memory: Historical, Autobiographical, Traces, Transcription, Collective and Sensory. The distinctive mesh ceiling of White Cube Bermondsey is taken as the inspiration for the exhibition design to explore different kinds of architectural memory. The materiality of the mesh, carrying different imprints in its form, also links to cultural memory through references to archival storage systems.

Working closely with the Directors of White Cube, the plan brings artworks into dialogue in unexpected ways. The flattened expanded mesh creates a moiré effect across the space allowing the visitor to absorb the exhibition as one entity. The screens are modular metal framed panels which are deployed in various configurations to help visitors navigate through the space, imprint artworks, bring order and narrative to the works, also to create connections between types of visual memory through levels of transparency.



Highlights of the exhibition include Christian Marclay’s video ‘Made to Be Destroyed’, Miroslaw Balka’s monumental works comprising more than 500 used bars of soap, Harland Miller, Tracy Emin, Cerith Wyn Evans, Antony Gormley and many more.


Memory Palace was on view at White Cube Bermondsey from 11 July to 2 September 2018 and at White Cube Mason’s Yard from 11 July to 15 September 2018.

Fabrication at Creative Metalwork (London) Ltd.

Prototype testing at White Cube

Photo © Ollie Hammick / Stephen White, Courtesy White Cube (Ollie Hammick)

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