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The aim of establishing the Whitechapel Gallery was to bring great art to the people of east London. Here visitors are able to view both modern and contemporary 20th and 21st century art and take part in its pioneering education and public events programmes all year round. The Whitechapel Gallery was one of the first publicly-funded galleries for temporary exhibitions in the city, and its education programmes now focus on Whitechapel's poorer residents.
The Whitechapel Gallery has in the past premiered international artists such as Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, as well as offered UK artists a showcase for their art. The Whitechapel Art Gallery exhibited Pablo Picasso's Guernica in 1938 as part of a touring exhibition and introduced Frida Kahlo to London in the early 80's.
The Whitechapel Gallery was also expanded in the 1980s to allow greater and more diverse use of the space by artists, and was inaugurated by the late Queen Mother.
Opening Times: Monday: Closed, Tuesday: 11:00 - 18:00, Wednesday: 11:00 - 18:00, Thursday: 11:00 - 21:00, Friday: 11:00 - 18:00 (bookshop & cafe/bar open till 21:00), Saturday: 11:00 - 18:00, Sunday: 11:00 - 18:00