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England E1 7QX
Tel: 44 207 522 7888
Tube: Aldgate East
Concierge.com's insider take:
An essential stop on any contemporary art lover's tour of London, the Whitechapel Gallery reopened in April 2009 after a major expansion and renovation of its exhibition and archive spaces in East London. The Whitechapel Gallery's history of groundbreaking contemporary art exhibitions is almost unparalleled. Picasso's Guernica was displayed here during its first and only exhibition in England, and the gallery hosted the first solo U.K. shows of such luminaries as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Jasper Johns. At its opening in 1901, the Whitechapel Gallery was the home base for contemporary Jewish art in London, and the gallery's archives house a marvelous collection of notebooks, sketches, and drafts in Hebrew by early 20th-century Jewish artists, portions of which are on display. The gallery's commitment to emerging artists extends to its use of the new space: One international artist each year will be awarded a fellowship to create artwork specifically for a newly designated exhibit room.—Siobhan Adcock
Open Tuesdays through Sundays 11 am to 6 pm. In addition, the Whitechapel Gallery participates in First Thursdays, during which over 100 galleries in East London stay open till 9 pm on the first Thursday of each month.
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