Whitechapel Gallery is conveniently located near Aldgate East tube station and focuses on modern/avantgarde art, with a definite feminist vibe to the place. There are several temporary exhibitions at the same time, spread over three floors and ten rooms (galleries). Most of the exhibitions are free, but there's always a "premium", rather extensive exhibition on, the current one being on abstract female painters from the 1940s to the 70s. The price (UKP 16) seemed reasonable, and it featured a number of high profile artists, including Lee Krasner, wife of Jackson Pollock. Definitely recommended if you're interested in abstract painting. The floors are intelligently laid out, and there's a small but interesting shop on the ground floor. The free exhibitions were intriguing (and political), too, so I spent an interesting 2 hours at Whitechapel Gallery. When you're done with London's big art museums, why not check out this place? Photography was allowed in all the exhibitions, which was a pleasant surprise.
Art done right — wonderful gallery with changing exhibitions. Quality depends per exhibition, cafe is great as is the book selection in the shop. Entry is donation based.
I was recommended to go here by a London local. She told me that this was a good representation of genuine art in London, not just the tourist destinations near Hyde Park. She was certainly correct. I absolutely adored this place. Even though I'm not typically a fan of contemporary art, the exhibits introduced you to many different societal perspectives while also explaining them well so you didn't feel like you were just looking at gibberish. I remember thinking that one of the exhibits about gypsies was particularly moving, because they allowed you to be immersed in the daily objects of their lives so you felt like you were one of them. It helped to understand somebody else's perspective. Additionally, there's a whole room where you can just write on the walls, and I thought that was brilliant. It really moved me to write lots of stuff all over for future visitors to see.
The Whitechapel Gallery is located in the heart of East London, and is easily accessible by public transport (Aldgate East being the closest tube). It is a nice place to spend a few hours exploring the world of contemporary art...
The gallery is committed to presenting work by emerging and under-represented artists, and is a great place to see the work of some of the most upcoming artists working today...
Whitechapel gallery is unmissable. I've been coming here for years to see gallery shows and artists works. Recent exhibition I've seen in February 2023 was house of animals and house of Le Bas. Not to forget the video performance art body and abstraction. You'll see works here of modern art, concepts and installations. Most all of I enjoy the video art shows and installations. There is a bookshop and coffee shop to chill out. Anyone studying fine art or has interest, Whitechapel gallery is a top place to see works of innovation and thought provoking works of art.