Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Turner Contemporary, by David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield’s Margate gallery celebrates its unique light but fails to open up to the town

“Margate – the nub of the Isle of Thanet, thrusting like a bent forefinger from the crazed knuckle of England.” This is how Tracey Emin describes her hometown – “Planet Thanet, also known as the Last Resort” – in her 2005 autobiography, Strangeland. “If you want a dirty weekend, go to Margate. … Van Gogh and Turner, Ronnie Biggs and the Krays all went there. Romans, Vikings, Hell’s Angels, teds, mods, rockers and punks all fought there.” And now David Chipperfield has arrived.

The Turner Contemporary, which opens tomorrow, looks as far from dirty as it is possible to imagine, perching in self-conscious whiteness on the edge of the town, the latest addition to this ailing coastal resort...

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Originally published in BD, 13 April 2011