History of the ICA

The ICA was originally conceived in 1946 by poet, anarchist, art critic and historian Herbert Read, alongside a group of artists and patrons including Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Roland Penrose and Peter Watson, as a "laboratory" or "playground" for contemporary arts.
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