Whitechapel Gallery

 
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The East End's original art gallery
Less critical to the local Whitechapel community than it once was, the publicly funded Whitechapel Gallery nevertheless holds a special place among London galleries showcasing international contemporary art. Throughout the last century the gallery has staged major exhibitions and/or premieres by Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, and furthered the careers of some of Britain’s most significant artists, including Gilbert & George, Lucian Freud, Peter Doig and Mark Wallinger. Positioned within an interestingly scruffy part of London, the late-1890s building by arts-and-crafts-era architect Charles Harrison Townsend is a standout. And since the gallery's radical expansion in 2009 there's a foodie restaurant attached. Tube station: Aldgate East [as opposed to Whitechapel station, which is an eight-minute walk away]. Immediately to the north you'll find Brick Lane and Spitalfields — an area well worth investigating.

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      zachary81 Over a year ago

      Oddly placed, Staff dream of the Tate, Art is taking bollocks for 2 hours, forgive me still confused why Whitechapel is called Whitechapel

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