Exhibitions and Projects

Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 – 2015

15 January - 6 April 2015

A major new exhibition tracing a century of Abstract art from 1915 to today at the Whitechapel Gallery from January 2015

Posted in | 11 Dec 2014

Artists’ Film International: Karen Mirza and Brad Butler

14 January – 26 April 2015

Screened as part of 'Artists' Film International', The Unreliable Narrator (2014), is a gripping new film about the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai by artist duo Karen Mirza and Brad Butler.

Posted in | 09 Dec 2014

Fiona Banner selects from the V-A-C collection

9 December 2014 – 8 March 2015

Leading British artist Fiona Banner chooses rarely seen works from the V-A-C collection by artists including Richard Avedon, Claude Monet and Sigmar Polke, on show at the Whitechapel Gallery from 9 December 2014.

Posted in | 09 Dec 2014

Whitechapel Gallery 2015 Exhibitions & Projects

January - December 2015

Posted in | 03 Dec 2014

Richard Tuttle: I Don’t Know. The Weave of Textile Language

14 October - 14 December 2014

The UK’s largest ever survey of the renowned American sculptor and poet Richard Tuttle comprises a major exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery surveying five decades of his career, a large-scale sculptural commission in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and a new publication.

Posted in | 14 Oct 2014

Artists’ Film International: Jorge Macchi, Nicole Miller, Angela Su, Oded Hirsch, Provmyza Group

14 October 2014–11 January 2015

The Whitechapel Gallery presents new works for Artists’ Film International, a collection of artists’ film, video and animation from around the world. Selected by organisations in Argentina, China, Israel, Russia and the USA, this season’s works explore self-representation through music, photography and sculpture.

Posted in | 14 Oct 2014

Sculptors’ Papers from the Henry Moore Institute Archive

23 September - 22 February 2015

The exhibition sheds new light on sculpture in the capital, charting the creative process, political debates and critical responses surrounding realised and unrealised works from the early twentieth century onwards.

Posted in | 22 Sep 2014

Giulio Paolini: To Be or Not to Be

9 July - 14 September 2014

The first major UK exhibition of Italian artist Giulio Paolini (b.1940) since 1980, including key works from the 1960s to the present day and a new installation created specially for the show.

Posted in | 09 Jul 2014

Artists’ Film International: Yuri Ancarani, Mattias Härenstam, Masooda Noora, Uudam Tran Nguyen, Amir Yatziv

8 July–12 October 2014

A showcase of artists’ films from around the world for Artists’ Film International, a touring programme of film, video and animation. Selected by partner organisations in Afghanistan, Germany, Italy, Norway and Vietnam the works are on show from 8 July - 12 October 2014.

Posted in | 08 Jul 2014

Whitechapel Gallery Children’s Commission: Francis Upritchard  

10 June – 28 September 2014

London-based New Zealand artist Francis Upritchard produces the Whitechapel Gallery’s annual Children’s Commission, a new work of art made specially for children and families and presented throughout the summer 2014.

Posted in | 10 Jun 2014

Contemporary Art Society: Twixt Two Worlds

10 June – 31 August 2014

The exhibition - which takes its title from a book about the famous 19th century medium William Eglinton - maps the pivotal moment in cinema history when still photography evolved into moving images.

Posted in | 10 Jun 2014

Chris Marker

16 April – 22 June 2014

The first UK retrospective of visionary French filmmaker, photographer, writer and multimedia artist Chris Marker (1921 – 2012).

Posted in | 16 Apr 2014

Contemporary Art Society: The Best is Not Too Good for You

18 March – 1 June 2014

Bright and bold pots, plus prints by leading British and international Pop artists go on display at the Whitechapel Gallery. Highlights include: Picasso plates of faces from the Attenborough Collection; Babe Rainbow by Peter Blake, the British Pop artist famed for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album cover; and Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry’s huge pot depicting skateboarders called Designer Rebellion.

Posted in | 18 Mar 2014

Stephen Willats: Concerning Our Present Way of Living

4 March – 14 September 2014

This archive display focuses on Willats' exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1979.

Posted in | 04 Mar 2014

Hannah Höch

15 January – 23 March 2014

The first major UK exhibition of the influential German artist Hannah Höch (1889-1978). Hannah Höch was an important member of the Berlin Dada movement and a pioneer in collage.

Posted in | 15 Jan 2014

Contemporary Art Society: Damn braces: Bless relaxes

10 December 2013 –9 March 2014

From William Blake and John Constable to Paul Nash, this display presents visions of the English east coast from the past 200 years.

Posted in | 10 Dec 2013

Kader Attia: Continuum of Repair: The Light of Jacob’s Ladder

26 November 2013 - 23 November 2014

The Whitechapel Gallery’s site-specific commission by French Algerian artist Kader Attia revisits the biblical story of Jacob’s Ladder with a towering floor to ceiling structure of rare artefacts and books.

Posted in | 26 Nov 2013

Sarah Lucas: SITUATION Absolute Beach Man Rubble

2 October – 15 December 2013

The Whitechapel Gallery presents the first major solo exhibition in London of renowned artist Sarah Lucas. Bringing together over two decades of sculpture, installation and photography, SITUATION explores Lucas’s remarkable career and assesses the vital role she plays in British art.

Posted in | 02 Oct 2013

Contemporary Art Society: Nothing Beautiful Unless Useful

17 September – 1 December 2013
Gallery 7

From the Pre-Raphaelites and L.S. Lowry, to exquisite Victorian glassware and Pilkington’s Lancastrian pots, Nothing Beautiful Unless Useful celebrates works in public collections across the North West of England in the first in a series of displays in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Society.

Posted in | 17 Sep 2013

Supporting Artists: Acme’s First Decade 1972-1982

7 September 2013 – 23 February 2014

The Whitechapel Gallery presents a new archive display exploring the first decade of Acme Studios, the pioneering artists’ initiative which, since 1972, has played an important role in establishing east London as a centre for the visual arts.

Posted in | 07 Sep 2013

Artists’ Film International: Einat Amir, Ana Gallardo, Marinella Senatore, Nasan Tur and Katarina Zdjelar

5 July–13 October 2013

Coinciding with The Spirit of Utopia, an exhibition which looks at the role art can play in offering alternative ways of configuring society, this season’s films are based on social and collaborative projects.

Posted in | 05 Jul 2013

The Spirit of Utopia

4 July – 5 September 2013

Ten leading international artists and collectives speculate on alternative futures for society, the economy and the environment in the Whitechapel Gallery’s summer exhibition, The Spirit of Utopia.

Posted in | 04 Jul 2013

Gert & Uwe Tobias

16 April – 14 June 2013

The Whitechapel Gallery presents a major exhibition of Romanian-born artists Gert and Uwe Tobias. The artists’ collaborative woodcuts, detailed collages, wall paintings and new ceramic sculptures will be part of a site specific installation for the Gallery.

Posted in | 16 Apr 2013

Artists’ Film International: Neha Choksi, Kaia Hugin and Alix Pearlstein

16 April – 23 June 2013

Three artists’ films offering different approaches to performance and the body as part of Artists’ Film International, a touring programme of international film, video and animation.

Posted in | 16 Apr 2013

Max Mara Art Prize for Women: Laure Prouvost

20 March – 7 April 2013

Laure Prouvost, winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, presents the two-part installation Farfromwords: car mirrors eat raspberries when swimming through the sun, to swallow sweet smells at the Whitechapel Gallery.The new commission is the culmination of the fourth edition of the prize.

Posted in | 20 Mar 2013

Children’s Art Commission: Simon and Tom Bloor

19 March – 9 June 2013

Each year the Whitechapel Gallery invites a contemporary artist to create new work for the Children’s Art Commission. For the latest commission artists Simon and Tom Bloor present an interactive installation, transforming the gallery walls into a giant chalkboard for visitors to draw on using colourful hand-made chalk sculptures

Posted in | 19 Mar 2013

Black Eyes and Lemonade: Curating Popular Art

9 March – 1 September 2013

The Whitechapel Gallery presents a new archive display revisiting the Gallery’s 1951 exhibition Black Eyes and Lemonade. Coinciding with the Festival of Britain, the exhibition challenged established ideas about the cultural value attached to particular kinds of objects.

Posted in | 09 Mar 2013

Karl Blossfeldt

16 April – 14 June 2013

The Whitechapel Gallery presents a major exhibition of Karl Blossfeldt’s historic photographs and publications. Blossfeldt (1865-1932) was a pioneering German photographer who came to prominence in the 1920s. A trained sculptor, draughtsman and teacher, he created exquisitely beautiful, close-up photographs of plants.

Posted in | 15 Feb 2013

Gerard Byrne

7 January – 8 March 2013

The Whitechapel Gallery presents the first major UK survey of Irish artist Gerard Byrne. Byrne is renowned for his films which revisit historic moments and conversations, ranging from an interview with philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre; science fiction writers Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov discussing the future; and articles from Playboy magazine.

Posted in | 17 Jan 2013

Artists’ Film International: Jessica Warboys

16 January–15 April 2013

Through film, painting and performance, Warboys weaves together both tangible physical places and objects with abstract gesture and metaphor that allude to psychological spaces.

Posted in | 16 Jan 2013


Whitechapel Gallery announces new Café/Bar and caterers

The Whitechapel Gallery introduces a Café/Bar with longer opening hours and larger capacity at the front of the building on Whitechapel High Street run by caterers Leafi.

Posted in | 01 Dec 2014

HLF Skills for the Future

The Whitechapel Gallery has been awarded £256,700 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the continuation of the Skills for the Future Traineeship programme.

Posted in | 24 Nov 2014

Howard Hodgkin honoured as first Swarovski Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon at a spectacular gala dinner

On 2 April 2014 British artist Howard Hodgkin was the first recipient of the Swarovski Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon at a glittering gala dinner at the Whitechapel Gallery. It honours the lifetime achievement of one of our greatest artists.

Posted in | 02 Apr 2014

Corin Sworn wins the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery

20 May-19 July 2015

Iwona Blazwick, OBE, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery announced Corin Sworn as the fifth winner of the prestigious Max Mara Art Prize for Women at a ceremony at the Italian Embassy on 23 January 2014.

Posted in | 23 Jan 2014

New Curator announced for the Whitechapel Gallery 

The Whitechapel Gallery announced today that Omar Kholeif is appointed Curator.

Posted in | 04 Dec 2013

Collecting Contemporary Art Course

1 October - 19 October 2013

The Whitechapel Gallery’s Collecting Contemporary Art Course provides art enthusiasts with an essential guide to collecting contemporary art including high-profile talks, trips to artist studios and a behind-the-scenes tour of a world-famous auction house.

Posted in | 01 Oct 2013

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