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'Queer techno rave and porn' next to Buckingham Palace is the latest in decadent 'artivism'

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23.12.2019

The ICA – once the premier venue for great Modernist painting and sculpture – is now a circus of transgression a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace.

A December 17 press release announced that on January 31 "Queer techno rave INFERNO take over the ICA's Theatre, Bar and Cinema with an all-night programme of music, queer porn and performance art." In case you miss it, don't worry. "This is the first in a series of all-night takeovers from club collectives exploring nightlife as a realm of self-expression." This is only the latest in a long line of events held at the centre situated on the Mall, the ceremonial avenue leading to the gates of Buckingham Palace.

The ICA was once one of the most highly regarded arts venues in Europe. How has it fallen so far?

Founded by Roland Penrose (art collector and biographer of Picasso) and supported by poet-critic Herbert Read, the ICA was established in central London in 1946 as a venue for advanced art. It would not have a permanent collection but would instead act as a venue for exhibitions, talks and film showings. It hosted ground-breaking shows of Picasso, Francis Bacon, Surrealism, Neolithic art, Pop Art and serious art which struggled to find public venues. It had a........

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