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Whitechapel Gallery, London

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For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Lucian Freud, Gilbert & George and Mark Wallinger.

With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, inspiring art courses, dining room and bookshop, the Gallery is open all year round, so there is always something free to see.

The Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.
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  • We visited the galleries when Eduardo Paluzzi work is being exhibited. We did not really appreciate the work because we did not understand it. There were other interesting items on display. The cafe i...  more »
  • I visited in May 2017, several galleries were closed, so little modern art on display. Still worth visiting for three reasons - the bookshop, the cafe and the building, a place out of time. Easy to ge...  more »
  • Called in here as it was pouring down and we were in the area. To be honest we were not impressed at all. We only found two rooms with displays in, and again to be honest they were not very good. A bu...  more »
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  • Excellent contemporary gallery with large space ideal for art display. Exhibitions change. I've been to some that are disappointing but the better ones are absolutely superb; stimulating and inspiring. I guess to be challenging and interesting, contemporary galleries will risk the occasional exhibition that doesn't engage all but hurrah for galleries prepared to take the risk
  • A lovely local gallery showcasing international & local artwork. It offers both free & admission fee exhibitions, pleasant cafe & an interesting and well- stocked bookshop. Clean, airy & easily accessible by transport links. Somewhat slightly confusing layout, but a pleasant place to spend an hour or so.......
  • A diverse range of exhibitions on display here throughout the year, with both free and paid for events and exhibitions there is always something to see. It has a lovely little book shop too. There are disabled access lifts around the gallery and staff are really helpful and friendly. As well as the cafe in the gallery there are some great tea/coffee shops near by on Whitechapel high street.
  • Beautiful space and mostly free so everyone is welcome! Highly recommended and very easy to get to. Staff are generally friendly.
  • If you love art, the Whitechapel Gallery is for you. Since its inception in 1901 it has been at the forefront of the avantgarde. Always challenging, always a joy.