With a name that doubles as one of the most-used terms within the art world, it is unsurprising that Jay Jopling’s White Cube gallery has had such profound impact upon the creative landscape in Britain and beyond.
From humble beginnings in 1993 as one of the smallest exhibition spaces in London, the White Cube today has three locations in both Britain and Hong Kong, with the Bermondsey site in London considered as the largest commercial gallery in Europe. The gallery garnered a reputation rapidly, helping to propel the careers of many YBAs in the early 1990s. Amongst these names were Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Marcus Harvey, Gary Hume, and Sam Taylor-Wood, some of whom remain represented by White Cube today.
White Cube Bermondsey opened in 2011 within a former warehouse reimagined by Caspar Mueller Kneer Architects, the firm responsible for the conversion of Berlin’s famed Boros Bunker. The monumental building measures at 5440 meters square, and houses exhibitions spaces, a collection of private viewing rooms, a 60 seat auditorium, a bookstore, an archive, and offices, along with rooms for art storage, assembly, and documentation. Materially, the industrial character of the original building has been maintained and enhanced; the white gallery spaces stand set against power floated concrete floors, and accents in steel, glass, and granite.