176 is ace. You could even say it’s one of the most exciting artistic openings since Tate Modern. Housed in an atmospheric Victorian Methodist Chapel lightly renovated by the team behind The Tea Building in Shoreditch, 176 (or, as it’s really called, Zabludowicz Collection) displays some of the most innovative art around. And there’s nothing clinical about either the exterior or interior, which both exude a careful sense of history and place.
This autumn, the Zabludowicz Collection present a solo exhibition by British artist Toby Ziegler, the centrepiece of which is a vast installation featuring a new body of aluminium sculptures alongside readymades including a weather balloon and a mechanical bull.
We loved the talking stone lion and statues though – weird and alienating.
Coffee and cakes in the stylish cafe, or between the pillars on the terrace, is as much part of the experience as the art.