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Reframed: The Woman in the Window

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Reframed: The Woman in the Window is the first exhibition to explore the enigmatic motif of the ‘woman in the window’.

Featuring artworks from ancient civilisations to present day, the exhibition brings together over 50 works by artists including Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, David Hockney, Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans and Rachel Whiteread to reveal how artists have long used the motif to elicit a particular kind of response ranging from empathy to voyeurism.

Featuring sculpture, painting, print, photography, film and installation art, the exhibition identifies the key geographic locations, cultures and time periods for which the ‘woman in the window’ had a particular meaning and what the motif reveals about issues of gender and visibility.

Highlights includes ancient works on loan from The British Museum, Louise Bourgeois’ My Blue Sky (1989-2003), David Hockney’s The Tower Had One Window (1969), Howard Hodgkin’s Girl by a Window (1964) and our very own Girl at a Window (1645) by Rembrandt, the initial point of inspiration for the exhibition. 

The exhibition is curated by Dr Jennifer Sliwka (King’s College London). It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue written by Dr Jennifer Sliwka, available from the Gallery Shop

★★★★★ "Enthralling, imaginative and constantly surprising" The Observer 

★★★★★ "Bracingly intelligent" The Daily Telegraph 

★★★★ "Delightfully inquisitive" The Times 

"Including fantastic painters such as Rembrandt and David Hockney, it's a great line up to highlight why this theme has recurred throughout the ages.” Londonist

"Looking at a traditional artistic motif and how the simple conjunction of a female figure and light through glass places the viewer as intruder, witness, lover or voyeur.” New Statesman

Images: Tom Hunter, Woman Reading Possession Order, 1997, from the series ‘Persons Unknown’, courtesy the artist Tom Hunter; Louise Bourgeois, My Blue Sky, 1989-2003 © The Easton Foundation / VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2021. Photo: Christopher Burke; Wolfgang Tillmans, Smokin Jo, window, 1995 © Wolfgang Tillmans, courtesy Maureen Paley, London; Gerrit Dou, A Woman Playing a Clavichord, c.1665,  Dulwich Picture Gallery, London.