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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.
- 15 January — 3 November 2014 *on now
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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Kader Attia: Continuum of Repair: The Light of Jacob's Ladder
- 16 January — 1 November 2014 *on now
French Algerian artist Kader Attia's (b. 1970) immersive, multi-media installation gives us a glimpse of infinity. He revisits the story of Jacob's Ladder describing the prophet’s vision of angels ascending from earth to heaven. A towering floor to ceiling structure fills the lofty spaces of the Gallery as a cabinet of curiosities, artefacts and books
- Any age
Stephen Willats: Concerning Our Present Way of Living
- 4 March — 14 September 2014 *on now
English conceptual artist Stephen Willats (b.1943) pioneered socially interactive and community engaged art in the 1960s and 70s. This archive display focuses on his exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1979 and includes Sorting Out Other People’s Lives (1978), a work made with residents of the Ocean housing estate in Tower Hamlets in which Willats explores the intersection between community and home life through recordings and photographs
- Any age