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Exhibition: Through a Bauhaus Lens: Edith Tudor-Hart and Isokon

Location

Isokon Gallery,

Lawn Road, London,
NW3 2XD

Dates

This exhibition runs from Sat, 2nd Mar 2024 to Sun, 27th Oct 2024.

Forthcoming dates:

Sat,
22nd Jun 2024  
(11am - 4pm)
Sun,
23rd Jun 2024  
(11am - 4pm)
Sat,
29th Jun 2024  
(11am - 4pm)
Sun,
30th Jun 2024  
(11am - 4pm)
Sat,
6th Jul 2024  
(11am - 4pm)
Sun,
7th Jul 2024  
(11am - 4pm)
Sat,
13th Jul 2024  
(11am - 4pm)

Cost: Free of Charge

Description

An exhibition of previously unseen 1933–4 photographs by the Viennese, Bauhaus-trained photographer Edith Tudor-Hart - on display to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Isokon Flats.

The recently discovered prints document the historic construction and opening of the Isokon Flats, Britain's first reinforced concrete apartment block. Designed by Canadian architect Wells Coates, and pioneering a new way of living in tiny ‘minimum apartments’, during the 1930s and 1940s, the building was home to an incredible community of left-wing, artists, writers, four Bauhaus masters (Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and László Moholy-Nagy), Agatha Christie and, it later emerged, a community of Soviet spies.

In 1934, Jack Pritchard, the Flats' owner, commissioned Edith Tudor-Hart, newly married and recently arrived from Vienna (where she had joined the Communist party), to photograph the historic construction and grand opening of this pioneering building. He also made introductions which helped launch her photographic career in Britain. But Tudor-Hart had another, secret life. Whilst working as a photographer for publications including The Listener, Picture Post, and Geographical Magazine, she was also a Soviet agent.

Edith Tudor-Hart’s artistic reputation has soared in recent years, as has interest in her fascinating life story and speculation about her role as a NKVD agent. She has been the subject of a novel, Edith and Kim, an animated feature film, Tracking Edith, and retrospectives of her photographic work have been shown at the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh and Tate Britain in London. Yet despite the fascination and continued academic interest, Tudor-Hart remains an enigma.


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Disclaimer

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All images are supplied by the exhibition organiser.

This exhibition runs from Sat, 2nd Mar 2024 to Sun, 27th Oct 2024

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

June 2024

July 2024

August 2024

September 2024

October 2024

Location

Isokon Gallery,

Lawn Road, London,
NW3 2XD

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