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The Whitechapel Art Gallery was founded in 1901 to bring great art to the people of east London. Internationally acclaimed for its exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and its pioneering education and public events programmes, the Gallery has premiered international artists such as Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Nan Goldin, and provided a showcase for Britain’s most significant artists from Gilbert & George to Lucian Freud, Peter Doig to Mark Wallinger.
The Gallery plays a unique role in the capital’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of East London as the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.
The Grade II* Whitechapel Gallery was designed by architect Charles Harrison Townsend. This purpose built gallery is an outstanding example of the Arts and Crafts movement and its aspirations of being accessible, spiritually uplifting and transformative. This development also builds on the 1980s expansion by Colquhoun and Miller under the directorship of Sir Nicolas Serota and inaugurated by the Queen Mother.
Supporting Artists: Acme’s first decade 1972–1982
- 7 September 2013 — 23 February 2014 *on now
A new archive display exploring the first decade of Acme Studios, the pioneering artists’ initiative which, since 1972, has played an important role in establishing east London as a centre for the visual arts.
This display will include photographs, film, rare exhibition posters and other materials from the extensive Acme archives alongside artist testimonials charting the early years of the organisation.
Sarah Lucas: SITUATION
- 2 October — 15 December 2013 *on now
SITUATION features Lucas’s iconic works which use inanimate objects to take the shape of bodies, including Two Fried Eggs and a Kebab (1992) and Spinster (2000). Also shown are early sculptures such as Still Life (1992), Where does it all end? (1994) and Get Hold of This (1994) as well as important works from the last decade including Unknown Soldier (2003), Mary (2004), The King (2008) and Jubilee (2012).
In recent years Lucas’s work combines fragments of the body with forms and materials found in nature. The exhibition includes new works called NUDS (2009 – present); stuffed tights are moulded into sculptures suggestive of embracing bodies, their intertwined forms offset by plinths of concrete breeze blocks. Her Loungers (2011) series will also be shown featuring suspended plastic garden chairs, combined with material limbs and buckets.
Responding to the architecture of the Whitechapel Gallery, Sarah Lucas will create an installation which reconsiders the affinities and dialogues between earlier works and new sculptures created for the exhibition. The show expands on Lucas’ year-long project SITUATION in which she constructed a series of sculptural installations in a former office building.
- Any age
Artists’ Film International: Murray Hewitt, Eric and Marc Hurtado, Bengü Karaduman, Rahraw Omarzad, Hong-An Truong and Morgan Wong
- 17 October 2013 — 13 January 2014 *on now
Artists’ Film International showcases artists working with film, video and animation, selected by 15 partner organisations world-wide.
This season’s films look at geopolitical concerns and changing cultural histories and are selected by institutions in Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Morocco, New Zealand, Turkey and Vietnam.
- 15 January — 3 November 2014
The first UK retrospective of works on paper by internationally renowned German Dadaist Hannah Höch (1889–1978).
Bringing together over 100 works dating from the 1910s to the 1970s, this exhibition illustrates how Höch established collage as the artistic medium of choice for satire whilst being a master of its poetic beauty.
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Sunday Gallery Tours
- 8 December 2013 3-4pm
An hour-long introduction to the Gallery’s history, architecture and exhibition programme every first Sunday of the month.
- Any age
- Family friendly
£6.00. Concessions £4.00.
Family Day: Forgotten Histories
- 7 December 2013 12-4pm *on now
Make a giant multi-media installation with artist Marysa Dowling inspired by your own family histories and by Kader Attia’s new work. Watch short films for children and explore the Gallery with a Family Trail.
- Family friendly
Conversation: Ruth Noack: Exhibition Histories
- 12 December 2013 7-8:30pm
A discussion with Afterall’s Pablo Lafuente and curator Ruth Noack on her pivotal projects including Things We Don’t Understand (2000), a show that sought to explore the role of irritation and bewilderment in contemporary art, and exhibition series The Government (2003–5), both realised with Roger Buergel.
£8. Concessions £6.
BSL Gallery Talk on Kader Attia
- 19 December 2013 7-8pm
A tour of the new commission with BSL guide for deaf visitors, with accompanying voice-over.
Artists’ Film International: Elizabeth Price
- 14 January — 15 April 2014
Turner Prize-winning artist Elizabeth Price has been selected by the Whitechapel Gallery for Artists’ Film International, an annual touring programme of film, video and animation chosen by 15 partner organisations from around the world.
Price’s AT THE HOUSE OF MR X (2007) will be shown at the Gallery from 14 January-15 April 2014. A study of desire and consumption, the work takes the viewer on a journey through an immaculately preserved modernist home designed and built in the late 1960’s.
The London building was only briefly inhabited by its owner, an art collector who made his wealth though cosmetics brands such as Outdoor Girl and Mary Quant.