The Dream of Modern Living? Contemporary Artists Explore IKEA

3 Oct 2015 – 14 Nov 2015

Event times

2 October - 14 November 2015. The Museum is open Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm, Sat 10am-4pm

Cost of entry


Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Warrington, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Warrington Bank Quay and Warrington Central railway stations both within walking distance of the Museum

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Curated by Paul Carey-Kent for NORTH, The Dream Of Modern Living? is one of the focus exhibitions which brings together local and international artists’ responses to IKEA.


In 1987, Britain’s first IKEA opened in Warrington. Since then, the store has found a place in the thoughts and memories of local people. Warrington IKEA is said to have the highest visitor numbers of any store in the country and allegedly the lowest spend per head, suggesting that people go not just to buy furniture but to see and to experience designs, ideas, even food from elsewhere.

The exhibition examines artists’ reactions to IKEA as a business, lifestyle and aesthetic. Their responses range from using IKEA products as art materials to reinterpreting the furniture, from attempting to live in-store to subverting the catalogue of which more than 200 million copies are printed each year. The artists include Guy Ben-Ner, Ryan Gander, Clay Ketter, Marie Karlberg, Joe Scanlan, Artists Anonymous, Michael Samuels, Sara McKillop, Frédéric Pradeau, David Rickard, Mary Griffiths, Stuart Hartley and Domanic Beattie.

Image: Samson’s push, or Compositie (detail), 2010. © Ryan Gander. Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery. Image by Ken Adlard.


Paul Carey-Kent

Exhibiting artists

Domanic Beattie

Mary Griffiths

Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander

Guy Ben-Ner

Sara McKillop

Frédéric Pradeau

Michael Samuels

Clay ketter

Stuart Hartley

David Rickard

Marie Karlberg

Joe Scanlan

Artists Anonymous


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