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Sensation: What was so shocking about the RA Young British Artists exhibition 1997? – GI 23 004 (Face to Face)

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2 November 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm GMT

Tutor: Olive Maggs BA MA PGCE

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Date: 2 November 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
£12.50 – £15.00
Reference Code:
GI 23 004
Ward Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH


In 1997 The Royal Academy’s ‘Sensation’ exhibition, a collection of art owned by Charles Saatchi, made a major splash in the art world. It introduced a wider audience to the YBAs (Young British Artists) Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and their contemporaries. Hugely controversial, the exhibition drew huge crowds and tabloid protest. Despite this, several of the artists involved have become Royal Academicians; this lecture explores the impact of this seminal exhibition.


Damien Hirst, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, on display at “Sensation” in 1997. Picture: Saatchi Gallery.


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