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Adam Dant: The Budge Row Bibliotheque

Histories and anecdotes collide in beautifully rendered pictoral space


Adam Dant’s latest exhibition The Budge Row Bibliotheque encapsulates two millenniaof the everyday life and times of Budge Row, the lost street of the City of London. Inspired by the recent excavations on a nearby building site, the artist used the conceit of opening up a hole in the ground to being akin to not merely opening a book but to opening up an entire library. He depicts colliding histories and anecdotes in an accurately rendered pictorial space; forgotten buildings reappear while some contemporary ones are shown ruined and abandoned, serving to illustrate the City’s 2,000 ‘wilderness’ years following the defeat of the Romans. The show is at the Bloomberg Space in London until 15 March.

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