Cranford Collection is a London-based contemporary art collection founded with the collaboration of Muriel Salem and curator Andrew Renton in 1999, when the city’s art scene was at its most vibrant.
One of the Collection’s initial aims was to reflect this dynamic scene in London as well as of the larger international context of contemporary art. Main trends articulated across the collection focus on: female artists (particularly sculptors), British artists from the 90’s and German artists from the 80’s and 90’s. Among the artists at the core of the collection are Rosemarie Trockel, Bridget Riley, Rebecca Warren, Rachel Harrison, Sarah Lucas, Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Alice Neel, Albert Oehlen, Christopher Wool, Sigmar Polke, Martin Kippenberger, Gerhard Richter, Pierre Huyghe, Wade Guyton and Kelley Walker. In recent years, under the impulsion of its curator Anne Pontégnie, the Collection has grown and attempted to draw connections between the works it includes in order to increase its coherence, and to be able to develop publicly minded activities.
Since 2005, the Collection has been presented in the form of temporary installations at a private house located at Gloucester Gate in Regent’s Park. This unusual setting has enabled the Collection to explore original associations between artworks. It also offers the unique challenge of how to successfully present contemporary artworks in a domestic environment, demonstrating that the experience of an artwork can be constantly renewed. Cranford Collection’s installations are open to the public by appointment and are the setting of numerous visits by museum boards, curators, artists as well as educational programs.
As well as regular visits, Cranford Collection entertains a number of other activities such as film screenings, artist residencies (in collaboration with Camden Arts Centre), artists books, support and dialogue with public art institutions, meetings and loans in order to keep the artworks alive for a broader audience.
Since 2017, the house at Gloucester Gate is being entirely renovated by architect David Chipperfield in order to increase its capacity as exhibition space and public venue. It will reopen in 2019.