Leonor Antunes at the Whitechapel

The exposed brick work on the walls and the linoleum floor design appropriated from a drawing by Mary Martin all envelope a warm exhibition. The title The Frisson of the Togetherness is derived from architects Alison and Christine Smithson’s description of young people’s social allegiance. There is much here to evoke the 1956 This is Tomorrow exhibition at The Whitechapel. The Smithsons were there as was the Hungarian, Erno Goldfinger, who’s influence pervades these works; The tensioned rope bannisters evoke Goldfingers house in Hampstead as do the window louvres in 2 Willow Road. The clean lines are created by jute, rope, brass and teak. There is much modern feminist work here and in the side gallery are small craft works such as a rug by Mary Martin, glasswork by Nanna Ditzel, and jewellery by Lucia Nogueira.

It is always a delight coming to The Whitechapel and this warm architectural exhibition is no exception with its inclusive social togetherness.

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