Giant, colour-filled canvases have hung from the walls of the Whitechapel Gallery in London for the past three months, their epic scale witnessed only by the occasional security guard.
“They’re like sleeping beauties, slumbering away behind closed doors, waiting to be awakened by the eye of the public,” said Iwona Blazwick, the gallery’s director.
The Whitechapel will soon open its doors again, inviting Britain’s art lovers to go for their cultural fix at the “Radical Figures” exhibition that was put on hold in March.
From next weekend, England will be freed from many of the restrictions imposed during the coronavirus lockdown. Pubs, restaurants and hotels will reopen alongside visitor attractions such as museums, cinemas and galleries — places for people to wander through and think, talk with friends and take families for days out.
The return of places of “congregation and enjoyment . . . so important after this period