Monday, 21 September 2009


Yesterday I went to the Whitechapel Gallery, which has recently been reopened after a refurbishment. It was first opened in 1909, to bring art to the east end of London. It was the first and only gallery in Britain to show Picasso's Guernica, and there is a room dedicated to that show, demonstrating the effort it took to bring the artwork to the gallery, and why it was important. There is also a room, next to the reading room, devoted to Jewish artists of the c.1920s. They were futurists, and used to meet in the Whitechapel reading room.
(images via Whitechapel Gallery)

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