Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London

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The Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art is an educational charity and a not-for-profit contemporary art gallery based in London. Established in 2004, the foundation is housed in a converted warehouse over two floors in a building that was renovated to a design concept by the Italian architect, Claudio Silvestrin. The gallery comprises roughly 5,000 sq ft (460 m2) of exhibition space.


Parasol Unit was established by its director and curator, [Ziba Ardalan]. A graduate in the History of Art from Columbia University New York, Ardalan worked as Guest Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She guest curated the exhibition 'Winslow Homer and the New England Coast' at the Whitney's Stamford, Ct. Branch (1984). Ardalan became the first Director/Curator of New York City's Swiss Institute in 1987, before moving to Zurich, Switzerland, and then relocating to UK and founding Parasol Unit. She has curated numerous exhibitions and has also lectured and written about art. Prior to her career in art, Ardalan obtained a Ph.D. in physical chemistry.
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  • Artist 🎨 Carlos Garaicoa And variety sells. You’d have to admit, that going along with the critical discourse in fine arts is becoming more difficult now. It’s too crowded, too old, its social...  more »
  • Have been attending Project Light - the Parasol Unit's regular workshop for under 5s -since my youngest was 15 months. Love the chance to explore each exhibition with my child, before heading into a.....  more »
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  • Great exhibit by Hyon Gyon while I visited. The two stories of gallery space itself is very nice and open. There is also a bookshop / gift shop at the front of the gallery with books from artists who have had shows there in the past. Great spot!
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