Victoria Miro

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Victoria Miro

A visit to this ex-Victorian furniture factory rarely disappoints. Victoria Miro first opened her gallery in Mayfair's Cork Street in 1985. It quickly became known for showcasing the work of established and emerging artists from the USA, Europe and Asia, and as a breeding ground for exciting new British talent. In 2000 Victoria Miro Gallery relocated to this expansive 8,000 sq ft space located right on the border between Hoxton and Islington. The exhibition space spans two floors and the gallery is almost unique in London for having its own landscaped garden, overlooking Regent's Canal, which has been used for installations by artists such as Yayoi Kusama. Among the glittering clutch of artists it represents are Turner Prize winners Grayson Perry and Chris Ofili. In 2007, the gallery opened Victoria Miro 14, a sleek space next door to the original that's used for exhibitions and special projects. Christian Holstad, Tal R, Idris Khan and Doug Aitken have also had exhibitions here.

Venue name: Victoria Miro
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Address: 16 Wharf Rd
London
N1 7RW
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 10am-6pm
Transport: Tube: Angel
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Marco D
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Victoria Miro gallery is a fantastic, artistic space for all budding artists, designers, and all sorts of people interested in the art culture. I will be purely reviewing Victoria Miro itself, the exhibitions that are being exhibited in the gallery have their own space to review. I truly felt quite shocked with the enormous space inside of the gallery apart from queuing up two hours for the anticipated exhibition 'Yayoi Kusama'.

It had two gallery's on one side of Victoria Miro which both had very spacious rooms. The whole feel and effect of the stairs did feel quite vintage and historical. It has a beautiful outdoor area called the Waterside Garden. You see the magnificent pond covered by Kusama's stainless steel spheres. The trees and the nature around us just adds the extra touch that a garden should have. This was a favourite part of mine while visiting the gallery. Then the tricky part are the high amount of narrow stairs you have to walk up to the second part of the gallery. You do have a lift, but I really couldn't tell if their was one. Gallery II has an incredible amount of space, it's just impeccable to see the artwork with all the white space. It makes you appreciate the gallery and the artwork that is being displayed.

I also had a chance to visit the Parasol Unit for an exhibition called 'Rana Begum The Space Between'. The exhibition itself was hidden towards the side of the building where the lift was, it wasn't very visible for people to notice. The pieces were extraordinary and the layout was brilliant. It's worth to go and spend an afternoon at Victoria Miro. #TOTastemaker Love MD.

Corina B
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Lovely Gallery, and very well located with only a short walk away from Old Street station. The exhibit that was on when I went was incredibly interesting. The layout of the gallery is slightly complicated as it is between two buildings, but the architecture is beautiful (especially the second building). The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. Even with two spaces it is still is a relatively small gallery that can be a nice addition to a day, but not the main event.

Amanda S
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Having heeded the advice of other reviews I took an afternoon off work on what I thought would be a quiet Wednesday to visit the much instagrammed Yayoi Kusama exhibition at Victoria Miro. Compared to the previous review, the gallery was by no means empty however queues were limited to no more than 20 minutes for one of the mirrored rooms.


The exhibition itself was absolutely beautiful and left me with a feeling of wonderment even though, due to the exhibition's extraordinary popularity, my time was limited to 30 seconds a room. 


I visited all three mirrored rooms and found each equally entertaining and mesmerising. As I said you only get 30 seconds in the room so it is best to take as many photos as possible however, don't forget to explore the room with your own eyes!


I don't want to write too much about each room as it is hard to capture in words the wonderfulness of them but, I would thoroughly recommend that you visit the exhibit before it closes, just get there early or on a weekend to beat the queues! 

Dianne H
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Victoria Miro is currently one very popular lady, which I found out while queuing outside her namesake gallery.  As it is off the beaten path I wrongly assumed that I could turn up on a Saturday crowd free to see the new Yayoi Kusama displays but that is a silly non-London concept which I should have known better! 

On a weekend be prepared to put in 40 mins outside steadily getting closer to the burly bouncer in the distance, it moves slowly as chunks of people are admitted at a time.  Thankfully once inside they have an organised system for seeing each exhibition, whereby there are miniature queues for each inside.  Hang tight; these move very fast as there is a max 2 mins allowed in each room and once the door opens again you're out - have your iPhone poised on Instagram at the ready!

Altogether there were 3 rooms to queue for which showed Kusama's best work, interspersed with golden pumpkins, paintings and an outdoor arty pond area with floating silver balls.  I enjoyed the innovative experiential art, however the whole effort of the process to see it slightly dampens the appeal and I also expected to see a lot more for the waiting time.

A nice, albeit small space for artwork display which could achieve a lot more oomph for the public left to walk around it.  One for hardcore art fans perhaps.