Philip Colbert: Lobsteropolis at Saatchi Gallery presented by Unit London

Philip Colbert,Saatchi Gallery,Unit London

The modern pop world of Philip Colbert will go on display in a major show at Saatchi Gallery presented by Unit London. Opening on 29 October – 29 November, Lobsteropolis promises to transport visitors through an odyssey of unseen large-scale paintings and sculptures. On 29 October the exhibition opening will be celebrated with a giant outdoor inflatable lobster.

Lobsteropolis will be the largest UK survey to date of Colbert’s universe, which has been designed to work both digitally and in situ by utilising robots that allow viewers to interactively engage with the exhibition. Guests can tour the gallery by registering online and booking a slot with their own automated machine, allowing digital users to navigate through the psychedelic lobster land. After the user has registered online, they will be able to move around the gallery via their smartphone or computer and zoom into the paintings, large scale bronze and marble sculptures and lobster robots with unprecedented detail. The exhibition will also be hosting the world’s first robot private view on 29 October.

A one-way system will guide visitors through the exhibition, picking a route through Colbert’s works which interrogate mass consumerism and reference recent contemporary culture and history. Colbert has created a global following for his cartoon lobster persona and his masterful hyper-pop history paintings. His work explores the patterns of contemporary digital culture and its relationship to a deeper historical dialogue. Colbert once said, “I became an artist when I became a Lobster”.


Duration 29 October 2020 - 29 November 2020
Times Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm
Cost Free - advance booking required
Venue Saatchi Gallery
Address The Duke of York’s Headquarters, Kings Road, London, SW3 4RY
Contact 0207 811 308 / /


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