Established in 1949, the Crane Kalman Gallery is situated on Brompton Road, an area near Knightsbridge, known for its high-end shops and stunning galleries.
Andras Kalman, who opened the gallery, felt strongly that art should intimately move and nourish the viewer – and the collection reflects this belief clearly.
The name of the gallery was the result of a typesetter misreading the cursive script for an advert for the new gallery, and Mr Kalman simply decided to keep “Crane” as part of the name.
Crane Kalman specialises in modern British art, particularly works by LS Lowry, Ben and Winfred Nicholson, Graham Sutherland and Mary Newcomb. The gallery also deals in 20th century European and American paintings and sculpture and it is a member of the Society of London Art Dealers.
The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00, and Saturdays from 10:00 to 16:00.
Visitors to the gallery can get there via a number of different routes. The closest London Underground station is Knightsbridge, on the Piccadilly line, or South Kensington is also close by – it’s on the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines.
If you’d rather take the bus, the closest stop is Brompton Square, and it’s serviced by the 14, 74, 414, C1, N74 and N97 buses.
Alternatively, there are plenty of bicycle hire points nearby, or if you’re driving the closest car park is at Trevor Square.
Nearby art galleries
Whether you’re looking to purchase a piece of art, or you simply want to view some fine works, the Crane Kalman gallery isn’t the only one in the area.
- Gladwell & Patterson – Located on the other side of Brompton Road, this gallery has been trading in fine art since 1752. It is an internationally renowned dealer that focuses on fine oil paintings, watercolours and sculpture from the 19th and 20th centuries.
- The Andipa Gallery – Situated on Walton Street is an international dealer in modern and contemporary art since 1967. Its extensive inventory of paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints includes works by masters like Matisse and Picasso, as well as Pop artists such as Warhol, Lichtenstein and Hockney. It also features works by landmark contemporaries like Damien Hirst and Banksy.
- The Walton Gallery – Also on Walton Street, this is another contemporary art gallery that specialises in Modern, Contemporary, Part and Street art. It deals in original paintings, lithographs, fine art print and sculptures by artists including Bacon, Banksy, Chagall, Hirst, Indiana, Leger, Lichtenstein, Miro, Picasso, Warhol and Wesselman.
The Crane Kalman gallery is only a stone’s throw from the Victoria and Albert Museum, and for anybody who loves art and design, the special exhibitions at this venue are not to be missed.
- Bejewelled Treasures – The V&A currently has a variety of beautiful jewellery from the Al Thani collection. The exhibition includes more than 100 pieces of jewellery and jewelled artefacts dating from the early 17th century to present day. Most of the pieces were made in the Indian subcontinent or inspired by India. It’s on until March 28th, 2016.
- Julia Margaret Cameron – The V&A is also currently hosting a special exhibition of the photographs of Julia Margaret Cameron. The show marks the bicentenary of the photographer’s birth, and will showcase more than 100 of her images, providing a retrospective of her work and examining her relationship with the V&A’s founding director, Sir Henry Cole. Cameron is one of the most celebrated women in the history of photography. Her photographic career began when she received her first camera as a gift at the age of 48. She is best known for her powerful portraits and innovative style, which often includes bits that are intentionally out of focus, scratched and smudged. This exhibition is now on until February 14th, 2016.
If you’d like a break from paintings and sculpture, but are still looking for a bit more culture, the area around the Crane Kalman Gallery offers a wide range of entertainment options.
- Cine Lumiere – Situated within the French Institute, this is an Art Deco cinema that screens a variety of French films – mainly new releases, as well as classics. Most of the films also offer subtitles, so you don’t need to know the language to enjoy a film at this venue.
- The Imperial Cinema – Located at the Imperial College Union, this is a college cinema that is also open to the public. It offers a varied programme that should appeal to a wide range of tastes.
- The Drayton Arms – This is an eclectic mix of local pub and a studio theatre, situated in South Kensington. Shows are generally from new and emerging theatre companies and there are performances most nights, as well as occasional matinees.
- Finborough Theatre – Founded in 1980, this award-winning theatre presents plays and musical theatre with performances based on new writing and neglected works from the 19th and 20th centuries.
With the Crane Kalman Gallery located on Brompton Road, visitors won’t have to go far to enjoy some excellent shopping options. Indeed, Brompton Road itself is famous for its designer retailers.
Harrod’s, a massive department store, is also nearby. This store sells everything from clothing and accessories to toys, homeware, jewellery, pet supplies and food. The store, which covers five acres and more than a million square feet of retail space is the largest department store in Europe. As well as the shopping, it also offers plenty for visitors to see, such as the Egyptian escalators and a memorial to Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed.
Kensington is also a great spot for shopping. High Street Kensington is famous for its shops, including all the chains you’d expect on a high street, as well as designer boutiques and antiques dealers.
Alternatively, you could head to the Portobello Road Market. Located near Notting Hill, which is famous for its bookshops, Portobello Road has been a market since the 19th century, and became famous for its antiques in the 1950s. These days, Portobello road is full of stalls offering everything from food and clothing to arts and crafts. There are also numerous street performers who help add to the atmosphere.
If you’re looking for something to eat after visiting the Crane Kalman Gallery, you’ll have lots of options to choose from.
- The Admiral Codrington – This is a lively pub in the Chelsea area, featuring an all-weather bear garden and an award-winning restaurant. The pub has received a Cask Marque Award for its selection of fine ales. It also offers a wonderful selection of wines and can serve up a variety of delicious cocktails.
- Outlaws – This restaurant is located in the Capital hotel in Knightsbridge. It has received a Michelin star and specialises in an ever-changing selection of unique dishes made using British seafood caught predominantly around the coast of Cornwall.
- Launcenton Place – Situated in South Kensington, this Michelin-starred restaurant serves a flamboyant and seasonally inspired British menu.
- Rasoi – Located in a 100-year-old Chelsea townhouse, Rasoi serves up an expressive range of Indian food in a progressive and evolved way. Diners ring the doorbell to get in, and then find themselves in an atmosphere rich in Indian style and hospitality. The restaurant itself is decorated in warm hues with carvings and Indian trinkets, while chefs work to prepare delicious, traditional food with personalised care and attention.