This East End stalwart reopened in 2009 following a major redesign and expansion that saw the Grade II listed building transformed into a vibrant, holistic centre of art complete with a research centre, archives room and café. Since 1901, Whitechapel Art Gallery has built on its reputation as a pioneering contemporary institution and is well remembered for premiering the talents of exhibitions by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo among others. Expect the rolling shows to be challenging and risqué.
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77-82 Whitechapel High St
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sun 11am-6pm; Thu 11am-9pm. Christmas closure: Dec 24-26|
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Artists' Film International: Karin Sander, Igor Jesus And Igor Bosnjak
A selection of artists' film focusing on materiality, featuring a looped 1930s reel, a video capturing a speaker plummeting from the sky as the landscape unravels around it, and a piece exploring the contours of an oil painting.Digital and interactive Until Sunday August 7 2016Read more
Mary Heilmann is first and foremost a painter – though she never intended to be. Growing up amongst surfers and beatniks in California, she moved to New York in 1968 and found the city full of minimalists proclaiming the medium dead. She made a go of...Painting Until Sunday August 21 2016 FreeRead more
Lail Arad Performs In Mary Heilmann: Looking At Pictures
Inspired by the exhibition the singer-songwriter performs an acoustic set of her folk-inspired songs.Acoustic Thursday July 21 2016Read more
The feminist activist group looks at the Whitechapel Gallery’s history of exhibiting female artists including Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin, Sarah Lucas and Bridget Riley for this Archive display. Founded in 1985 by an anonymous group of artists to expose...Saturday October 1 2016 - Sunday March 5 2017 FreeRead more
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The gallery should have a parental guidance for the Sarah Lucas exhibit. I visited the gallery with my children and walked in on a very sexually explicit exhibition, no warning until it was too late. Exhibitions such as this must carry a warning when advertised and at the point of entry. There are age restrictions for films, venues, bars, but not for explicit gallery exhibitions. Whitechapel please sort this out.
The Director of the Whitechapel, Iwona Blazwick isn't on every single 'most influential people in art' list for nothing. A visit to the Whitechapel always feels like you're at the forefront of what's happening in the contemporary art world. It's free to enter, has a terrific bookshop and is bang next door to Aldgate East tube station (a design destination in its own right). I'm very much looking forward to the Sarah Lucas exhibition in October 2013 and the Bloomberg commission is always worth a visit in its own right.