Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Gallery
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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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Tues-Sun 11.00-18.00
Thurs 11.00-21.00

Closed: Mon

Admission charges

Free

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Intellectual Barbarians: The Kibbo Kift Kindred

  • 10 October 2015 — 13 June 2016 *on now

This archive display features rare woodcarvings, furniture, ceremonial dress designs and photographs of the English organisation The Kibbo Kift Kindred (1920-1932).

Formed by the artist, writer and pacifist John Hargrave after becoming disillusioned with the Boy Scout movement, the Kibbo Kift philosophy was based on a shared appreciation of nature and handicraft, as well as a commitment to world peace. Though small in number, notable members of the group included suffragettes, scientists and the novelist H.G.Wells.

A 1929 exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery was a way of spreading their ideas, and this display reveals their remarkable aesthetic drawn from ancient Egyptian, Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and Native American crafts, dress and language. Through revealing photographs and footage of the group on parades and camping trips, this display presents not only a forgotten moment in British social movements but a futuristic vision which continues to resonate today.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/intellectual-barbarians-the-kibbo-kift-kindred/

Barjeel Art Foundation Collection: Imperfect Chronology – Debating Modernism II

  • 15 December 2015 — 17 April 2016 *on now

Debating Modernism II focuses on figurative works of art in the Barjeel Art Collection produced between 1968 and 1987.

This second display starts with an ink and pencil drawing Erotic Composition (1967-70), by Lebanese artist Huguette Caland which is a study for the abstract, sensual paintings of the body that she created later on in her career.

In The Three Palestinian Boys (1970) by Marwan Kassab Bachi, the unique perspective shows only two of the three boys in full in the painting, suggesting the third has met a tragic fate.

Also on show are silkscreens by influential artist and writer Kamal Boullata, which depict Islamic calligraphy as colourful patterns. The texts written on the silkscreens are statements such as La Ana Illa Ana (There is No ‘I’ but ‘I’) (1983), a play on the Islamic saying ‘There is No God but God’ which challenges the notion that Arabic script is always Islamic when it is visually represented.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/barjeel-art-foundation-collection-imperfect-chronology-debating-modernism-ii/

Harun Farocki: Parallel I-IV (2012-14)

  • 29 January — 15 May 2016 *on now

Whitechapel Gallery presents avant-garde film-maker Harun Farocki’s large-scale video installation Parallel I-IV (2012-2014).

Coinciding with the major exhibition Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966), the work charts the evolution of computer game graphics over 30 years. The rapid technological progression from the earliest symbolic forms to the realism of the present day is projected on four screens, each focussing on different aspects of the video game genre.

Over 70 years, Farocki created over 100 films and installations showing how image-making technology can be used to shape public perception. His work often tackles controversial topics, from the use of napalm by the U.S. in the Vietnam War in Inextinguishable Fire (1969), to video games and conflict simulation during the second Iraq War in Serious Games I-IV (2010).

Website

http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/harun-farocki/

Electronic Superhighway

  • 29 January — 15 May 2016 *on now

In January 2016, the Whitechapel Gallery presents Electronic Superhighway, a landmark exhibition exploring the impact of computer and networked technologies on artists from the mid-1960s to the present day.

The exhibition includes new and rarely seen multimedia works, film, painting, sculpture, photography and drawing by over 60 artists including Cory Arcangel, Roy Ascott, Jeremy Bailey, Judith Barry, James Bridle, Constant Dullaart, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Oliver Laric, Vera Molnar, Trevor Paglen, Nam June Paik, Ryan Trecartin and Ulla Wiggen, telling the story of an interconnected global culture marked by mass social and political change.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/electronic-superhighway/

Comic Invention

  • 18 March — 17 July 2016

This new exhibition explores the cultural and historical background of graphic narrative and how we tell stories in pictures. Taking us from the world’s oldest comic to Donald Duck and Dr Dread, Comic Invention also reveals new material central to the history of comics.

Looking at the graphic narrative in its widest sense, the exhibition showcases treasures from The Hunterian and beyond, from the ancient Greeks to Hogarth and contemporary items.

Comic Invention also highlights a very important but little known work called The Glasgow Looking Glass of 1825 (pictured). Arguably the world’s oldest comic, it predates titles like Punch by sixteen years.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/exhibitions/majorexhibitions/comicinvention/#d.en.410343

Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London
Greater London
E1 7QX
England

Website

www.whitechapelgallery.org

E-mail

info@whitechapelgallery.org

Telephone

020 7522 7888

Fax

020 7377 1685

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