London's Institute of Contemporary Arts is located within Nash House on The Mall, just off Trafalgar Square. It is an artistic and cultural centre with a number of art galleries, a theatre, two cinemas, a bookshop and a very pleasant café. The ICA was founded in 1946 for the development of contemporary cultural activities, as an alternative space to the Royal Academy of Arts. Over the years, the institute has held many important exhibitions, including the first show of Pablo Picasso's work in Great Britain (1948), as well as solo exhibitions by Gerhard Richter (1989), Damien Hirst (1991) and the Chapman brothers (1996). Currently the main focus is on group exhibitions of up-and-coming artists and art students, as well as various interdisciplinary projects.
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