Meet the new Whitechapel Gallery!

April 14, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Posted in Art, Art World, Contemporary Art, London Art, London Exhibitions, London Galleries, Robbrecht& Daem, Upcoming Exhibitions, Whitechapel Gallery | Leave a comment
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THE ICONIC LONDON GALLERY EMERGES FROM ITS ASHES PRAISED BY THE CRITICS.

The Whitechapel Gallery, a place for modern art.

The Whitechapel Gallery, a place for modern art.

The new Whitechapel Gallery opened its doors for the first time after a temporary hiatus to the delight of critics and art lovers as they encountered a bright and exciting gallery.

The enthusiasm for the newly inaugurated gallery has led critics to consider it a modern-day masterpiece and the ultimate place for modern art in London.

The Whitechapel Gallery has undertaken a magnificent transformation as the small London gallery located between a tube station and a KFC restaurant became the ultimate work of art to shock the English capital.

Whitechapel Gallery located in East London.

Whitechapel Gallery located in East London.

The iconic gallery has doubled its total size by annexing a juxtaposed library building into the main Whitechapel headquarters. The project has been financed by The Heritage Lottery Fund with an approximate cost of £13.5m.

The new facade was designed by Robbrecht& Daem and the final results described as a ” complex [infrastructure] but utterly casual. Everything is focused towards the experience of looking at the art.”.

The new gallery counts with new main floor that feels larger and a more sophisticated entrance. The new library gallery provides extra space as the total size of the Whitechapel infrastructure has doubled under the £13.5 m programme.

“The curious, imperfect symmetry of the spaces somehow heigthens the sense of déjà-vu. But this only intensifies the odd state of mind you need when looking at art” says Kester Rattenbury, writer for The Architects Journal.

The new Whitechapel Gallery designed by Robbrecht& Daem

The new Whitechapel Gallery designed by Robbrecht& Daem

Whitechapel building by Robbrecht en Daem.

Whitechapel building by Robbrecht en Daem.

 

The Whitechapel Gallery, under the direction of Iwona Blazwick, celebrated its reopening during Sunday 5th April as the ultimate space for contemporary art in London.

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