“I want to create a kind of market where various creators from various fields gather together and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos; the mixing up and coming together of different kindred souls who all share a strong personal vision”. Rei Kawakubo announced this ambitious dream for Dover Street Market when she first conceived of it. Perhaps it is fitting, then, that the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), which operated out of the current Dover Street Market location in the 50s and 60s, heralded Kawakubo’s hopes almost sixty-five years ago. Explains Greg Muir, Executive Director of the ICA: “From its base at 17 – 18 Dover Street… the ICA became known as the birthplace of Pop Art as well as launching Op Art and the ideas behind Brutalist Architecture.” The ICA will commemorate its exciting history at its former home with a unique installation of archive images of the company’s milestones, which will coincide with its upcoming retrospective of Richard Hamilton’s work. Revel in the rich imagery of invitation cards to Francis Bacon’s first ICA show as well as covers of the ICA’s iconic catalogues, and you might just be transported back to the breathless days where ICA members mingled in the exhibition space and club with the likes of Yves Tinguely, Le Corbusier and Picasso. A 256-page hardback publication will be launched with the exhibition, and will be available to purchase both at Dover Street Market, the ICA Bookshop and online at £20. ICA Off-Site: Dover Street Market will run from 10 February to 6 April. Dover Street Market, 17 – 18 Dover Street, London W1S 4LT Images courtesy of the ICA and Dover Street Market.