Adam Dant

18 May 2021 — 17 July 2021

Exhibition overview

Located on the ground floor of the London Mithraeum, Bloomberg SPACE aims to showcase the best in contemporary art whilst bringing fresh perspectives to the history of this unique site.

Our first commission of 2021 was The Budge Row Bibliotheque, developed by internationally renowned artist, Adam Dant.

Taking inspiration from Bloomberg’s unique location at the heart of the City of London, Dant’s epic sepia ink drawing encapsulated 2,000 years of the everyday life and times of Budge Row, the famous once-lost thoroughfare now reinstated as Bloomberg Arcade.

Dant’s detailed maps and drawings depict real places using traditional drawing systems, but when studied reveal themselves to be fashioned from a seemingly random stack of historical documents, ephemera, archaeological evidence and personal effects.

Often unseen relationships between institutions and people, such as those that exist between the City of London and its diverse population, have long been the subject matter of Dant’s studies. Tracing a narrative construction of space, time and place through its past and current inhabitants, the viewer was invited to explore and discover their own story of the place in the picture.

An interview with Adam Dant

(53:09) Artist Adam Dant is interviewed by Helen Chiles at the live launch of his installation The Budge Row Bibliotheque at London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE.

Adam Dant
b. 1967, Cambridge

Adam Dant’s large-scale narrative drawings and prints can be found in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon as well as many leading private collections including that of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Adam was the recipient of a prestigious Rome Scholarship in etching and engraving, is a winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize and in 2015 was appointed by the UK Parliament as official artist of the General Election.

Dant’s book, Maps of London and Beyond, received the gold award at the 2018 International Creative Media Awards and first prize in the travel category at the 2019 Catholic Herald book awards.

Press release

Bloomberg SPACE

A series of contemporary art commissions responding to the site’s rich archaeological history.

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