One of Britain's leading art galleries has been attacked by critics for hosting an exhibition of pictures of Britney Spears.

The I HEART BRITNEY show opens today (09NOV04) at the INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS in London and is free to the public.

It includes shots of the pop princess taken by top fashion snappers including DAVID LaCHAPELLE and HERB RITTS alongside other photos of Spears that have appeared in the world's media - including her famous ROLLING STONE magazine frontpage and a snap of her controversial kiss with Madonna at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards last year (03).

Critics have accused the ICA of using the sexy singer to boost its image.

But a spokeswoman for record company BMG - which has hired the gallery for the private exhibition - insists, "It is the most fitting place in London for a Britney Spears exhibition - the ICA has a history of exhibiting popular art and photography. This is a major exhibition and the ICA is well known for being up to date, edgy and cool."

09/11/2004 17:34