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A Message from the new Chair of Whitechapel Gallery Trustees

In the true spirit of Whitechapel Gallery, I trust that you share my heartfelt wishes for the New Year.

Hope means more than optimism. We need to believe in one another. Through art and imagination, we can transform ourselves. We know art belongs to all of us. I hope you will count it among your belongings – it is part of your wealth.

For over 120 years, Whitechapel Gallery has opened its doors to generations of people finding new ways to enjoy the riches of life. I hope you and your loved ones will visit in the year ahead.

With Good Health Wishes for 2022,
David Dibosa

Spring 2022 Exhibitions

Major Exhibition
A Century of the Artist’s Studio: 1920-2020
Opens 24 February | Tickets Coming Soon | Priority Booking for Members

This expansive exhibition offers a a 100-year survey of the studio explored through the work of artists from around the world. Considering the artist’s studio in its various forms; whether it be an abandoned factory, an attic or a kitchen table, the show brings together more than 100 works by over 80 artists and collectives from Africa, Australasia, South Asia, China, Europe, Japan, the Middle East, North and South America. Here new art histories around the studio emerge through the work of modern icons such as Francis BaconLouise BourgeoisPablo PicassoEgon Schiele and Andy Warhol, and contemporary figures such as Walead BeshtyLisa BriceMaria Lassnig and Kerry James Marshall.

Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2008, Acrylic on PVC panel in artist’s frame, 73 x 62.9 cm. Collection of Charlotte and Herbert S. Wagner III. Photo Courtesy of Sotheby’s, Inc. © 2021.


The Living Studio
Opens 11 January | Free

Pick up a pencil, grab a brush and dive into the imaginative potential of The Living Studio. This season Galleries 5 and 6 are transformed into a live making space filled with inspirational objects, books, artistic materials and prompts for activity. Visitors are invited to spend time in the space creating their own works of art, drawing on the creative energy of contemporary artists’ studios.

Hassan Sharif’s Atelier, Installation view, Hassan Sharif: I Am The Single Work Artist, 2017. Donated to Sharjah Art Foundation by the artist’s estate. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.

Archive Display

Galleries in the Groove
Until 21 August | Free

This archival exhibition presents three commercial galleries and dealers who generously supported the work of a new generation of artists between the 1960s-80s: Robert Fraser Gallery, London, Wide White Space, Anterwerp, and Just Above Midtown, New York. Through posters, film and photography, the display sheds light on the impact these three spaces had on the communities around them.

Art On Wheels, 1966, Video, 01:26 mins. Courtesy of British Pathé Archive.

Collection Display

Christen Sveaas Art Foundation:
The Travel Bureau
Opens 14 January | Free

Paulina Olowska reveals the true nature of a gallery as a travel bureau, where works of art are portals into a myriad destinations imagined by artists. Her installation of works from the Christen Sveaas Art Foundation is inspired by Orbis, the largest and longest running travel agency in Poland, featuring works by Marina AbramovićEd RuschaRosson Crow and more.

Rosson Crow, Relics of the truth tellers, 2017, Acrylic, spray-paint, photo transfer, oil and enamel on canvas, 274 x 365.8 cm. © Rosson Crow. Courtesy the artist and Honor Fraser Gallery. Photo: Joshua White.

Simone Fattal: Finding a Way
Until 15 May | Free

For her first solo presentation in the UK, internationally acclaimed artist Simone Fattal leads visitors on a journey of transformation in a major new sculptural commission. Imagining the large, brick-lined Gallery 2 space to be a giant kiln, Fattal fills the room with five ceramic figures who embark on a spiritual and physical metamorphosis.

Portrait of Simone Fattal, 2021. Image and Art Direction: Europium (Julia Andréone and Ghazaal Vojdani).

Upcoming Events

Ways of Knowing: Work/Process
January – May 2022 | Ticketed

How are notions of creative work changing? How are artistic processes shaped by studios, schools, cities and other environments? Can we reimagine how creative spaces might look in the future? Join artists, architects, writers, filmmakers and critical thinkers as we explore these questions through talks, films and performances.

Dieter Roth, Table Hegenheimerstrasse, 1980-2010, Acrylic paint, pencil, felt tip pen, marker, ball pen and collage (plastic adhesive tape, transparent plastic foil) on chipboard; 2 sawhorses, chair, lamp, ceramic jar, glass jars, brushes, markers, pens, scissors, utility knife, paint cans, spray paint can, paper towel, cardboard tray of oil colour paint, 167.6 x 164.5 x 121.9 cm. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. © Dieter Roth Estate. Photo: Abby Robinson.