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Katie Paterson at the New Haunch of Venison Space

Haunch of Venison – one of London’s most exciting and prestigious private galleries for contemporary art – has come a long way since the 2002. Next month will see the launch of a new space at 51 Eastcastle Street, opening with an exhibition of Katie

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100 Billion Suns 2011, Confetti cannon, 3261 pieces of paper
100 Billion Suns 2011, Confetti cannon, 3261 pieces of paper© Katie Paterson, 2011, Courtesy of the artist

Who? Haunch of Venison – one of London’s most exciting and prestigious private galleries for contemporary art – has come a long way since it opened its original gallery in 2002. The gallery reopened its original gallery space based in Haunch of Venison Yard in September 2011 following a three year renovation while they were based in Burlington Gardens (just behind the Royal Academy). The renovated gallery was designed by celebrated architect Annabelle Seldorf and includes a new entrance on New Bond Street. The gallery also has a new space in New York and next month will see the launch of a second London venue.

What? The new gallery is situated at 51 Eastcastle Street, Fitzrovia and will provide an extra 2,750 square feet of exhibition space. A veritable hub of artistic activity, Fitzrovia is already home to a number of respected galleries – from Alison Jacques to TJ Boulting and Paradise Row – and Eastcastle Street alone plays host to the likes of Getty Images, Art First and Pilar Corias, to name but a few. The space will open on March 9 with a solo exhibition by artist Katie Paterson, who uses sophisticated technologies to playfully and poetically channel her fascination with nature, ecology, geology and cosmology.

"The exhibition will include the first UK presentation of Paterson’s 100 Billion Suns project, carried out at last year’s Venice Biennale in collaboration with AnOther and Haunch of Venison"

Why? The exhibition will include the first UK presentation of Paterson’s 100 Billion Suns project, carried out at last year’s Venice Biennale in collaboration with AnOther and Haunch of Venison. The project involved the setting off of around a hundred explosions of confetti – designed to mirror Gamma Ray Bursts, the brightest explosions in the universe – in unplanned venues around the city and a number of beautiful photographs of the event showcased on the AnOther Website. These and further images will feature in the exhibition and a colourful confetti cannon will be fired daily at 1pm. Other of Paterson's awe-inspiring works set for display include The Dying Star Letters, "a series of letters sent by the artist to communicate the death of a star," and Ancient Darkness TV, a television broadcasting darkness from the edge of the universe.

Katie Paterson: 100 Billion Suns opens at Haunch of Venison London on March 9 and runs until April 28.

Text by Daisy Woodward

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