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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.
Artists' Film International: Elizabeth Price
- 14 January — 13 April 2014 *on now
Elizabeth Price's AT THE HOUSE OF MR X (2007) is a study of desire and consumption, taking the viewer on a journey through an immaculately preserved modernist home designed and built in the late 1960's. Artists' Film International is an annual touring programme of film, video and animation chosen by 15 partner organisations from around the world
- Any age
- 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
Artists’ Film International: Elizabeth Price
- 14 January — 15 April 2014 *on now
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.
Audio Description Workshops
- 19 March 2014 11:30am-12:45pm
Explore a key work from the Hannah Höch exhibition with a combination of detailed verbal description and tactile images. For blind and partially sighted visitors
- Any age
Teaching and Learning as Performing Arts
- 13 March 2014 From 7pm
A discussion to launch the facsimile edition of Robert Filliou's Teaching and Learning as Performing Arts, first published in 1970. Featuring artist Richard Demarco and co-founder of Occasional Papers Antony Hudek
- 20 March 2014 From 7pm
A debate exploring the enduring visual language of collage across art, filmmaking and the internet. Featuring artists Linder and Elizabeth Price in conversation with Prof Dawn Ades OBE and Eisler Curator Daniel F Herrmann
Hazuan Hashim & Phil Maxwell: East One
- 21 March 2014 2-6pm
The latest work from acclaimed east London film-makers and photographers Hazuan Hashim & Phil Maxwell tracks the major social and cultural changes that have occurred in Spitalfields and Banglatown over recent decades. Plus artists' Q&A
- Any age
Emily Butler on Kader Attia
- 27 March 2014 From 7pm
Assistant Curator Emily Butler discusses Kader Attia's new commission, looking into historical narratives around science, religion and the idea of repair. This event launches a series of talks that investigate overlooked histories and explore anthropological approaches in contemporary art practice