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Reframed: The Woman in the Window

In Spring 2022, we will present Reframed: The Woman in the Window, the first exhibition to explore the enigmatic motif of the ‘woman in the window’.

Featuring artworks from ancient civilisations to present day, the exhibition will bring together over 40 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 will identify 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 will include 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 on sale date for tickets will be announced via our website and social media channels a few months prior to exhibition opening. 

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.