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3 January 2008
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  The Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, Iwona Blazwick, is awarded an OBE for services to art in the New Year’s Honours List 2008.

Iwona Blazwick became Director of the Whitechapel Gallery in June 2001, and has presented major exhibitions of modern and contemporary art including Liam Gillick (2002), Cristina Iglesias (2003), Gerhard Richter (2004), Faces in the Crowd – Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today (2004), Paul McCarthy (2005), Back to Black (2005) and David Adjaye (2006). She is also involved in numerous publishing, talks, education and community arts programmes as well as being a critic and broadcaster.

The announcement of the honour comes at an exciting time for the Whitechapel, as Iwona Blazwick leads the Gallery through an
important expansion doubling the size of the building and due to open
in Spring 2009.

Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery, said; ‘This is a tremendous honour. It has been a great privilege and pleasure to be associated with the Whitechapel Gallery which has pioneered modern and contemporary art for over 100 years. I feel an immense gratitude to the artists, thinkers, colleagues and friends whose help and support have made the exhibitions I have been associated with possible. I now look forward with excitement to the expansion of the Whitechapel opening in 2009 and all the new possibilities for showcasing art and ideas that will bring.’

Robert Taylor, Chair of Trustees, Whitechapel Gallery, and Chief Executive, Kleinwort Benson Private Bank, said; ‘This honour is highly deserved recognition for someone who has made an extraordinary impact both on the visual arts and the Whitechapel Gallery’s major expansion project. Iwona Blazwick has shown great vision and tremendous leadership driving the Gallery’s exciting development and is highly regarded in the visual art community. On behalf of all the Whitechapel trustees we are very proud and believe this is well deserved recognition for Iwona Blazwick.’

Notes for Editors

• Iwona Blazwick was educated at Exeter University where she graduated with a degree in English and Fine Art. A writer, curator and broadcaster, she was Director of Exhibitions at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art from 1987 until 1992. From 1993 until 1997 she worked as an Independent Curator in Europe and Japan and was also a Commissioning Editor at Phaidon Press. In 1997 she joined Tate Modern as art programme curator and subsequently became Head of Exhibitions and Displays. Prior to the opening of Tate Modern in 2000, she worked on devising the display strategy for the Tate’s twentieth century collection and the future exhibitions programme. She has been Director of the Whitechapel Gallery since 2001.
• Iwona Blazwick was visiting tutor on the Royal College of Art’s curating course; and has been a guest lecturer at Goldsmiths School of Art, Central St. Martins, Middlesex University, the Slade School, Sothebys Institute and the Glasgow School of Art and the Architectural Association, London. She has also taught in universities in Hamburg, Vienna, Como and Turin.
• Iwona Blazwick has been a judge for the Turner Prize (1993), the Jerwood Prize (1997), Citigroup Photography Prize (2001), Paul Hamlyn Awards (2002), the Wolf Prize in Arts (2003), The Vincent (2004), The Hiroshima Art Prize (2004), The Clark Prize (2005), The Wolfgang Hahn Prize (2007) and the Venice Biennale Golden Lion Award (2007). She Chairs the Jury of the ongoing, MaxMara Art Prize for Women.
• She is author of numerous catalogues, monographs, reviews and articles on artists and tendencies in the art of our time.
• She is one of a team who are raising £13 million towards the restoration and incorporation of a former library building to create a major new arts resource for London.
• The Whitechapel is entering the most exciting phase of its 100-year history: an ambitious capital project, due for completion in Spring 2009. The project which is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Arts Council of England, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the European Regional Development Fund, the LDA and a number of distinguished Trusts and Foundations, including the City Bridge Trust, the Mercers Company and the Clore Duffield, Foyle, Garfield Weston and Stavros Niarchos Foundations, will double the size of this important art museum. Designed by leading Belgian architects Robbrecht en Daem (with London practice Witherford Watson Mann Architects), the plans provide one of the most exciting new cultural buildings in Europe. Included in the designs is a new Collections Gallery to provide unprecedented public access to important art collections; a Commissions Gallery, which will give a new platform for an annual art commission; a permanent gallery and research room for the Whitechapel’s historic archive and an Education and Research Tower, including a research centre, education studios and galleries. These beautiful spaces for art have been designed by the architects in collaboration with leading artist Rachel Whiteread. The also include public art commissions by Rodney Graham and Wolfgang Tillmans.

For further press information please contact
Rachel Mapplebeck
T: + 44 (0)20 7522 7880
M: 07811 456806
E: RachelMapplebeck@whitechapel.org

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