Rachel Whiteread: Dollhouses

British artist Rachel Whiteread’s celebrated artwork Place (Village) is now on permanent display at the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood in London. The sculptural work features a ‘community’ of about 150 vintage doll houses which Whiteread collected over 20 years.

The large-scale artwork shows a variety of architectural styles, with houses averaging about one metre high. The houses sit on stepped platforms, evoking a sprawling hillside community, lit from within but deserted, their emptiness evoking haunting memories and melancholy.


Rachel Whiteread’s biography, here.

Interesting article on the artist in The Guardian, here.

Whiteread at Gagosian gallery, here.

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  1. Well, I think this is really fantastic! I was not allowed a dollhouse as a child. I always wanted one. This is a doll house dream come true. I love it!

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      • ⭐ ⭐ It’s a fab installation! ⭐ ⭐
        LOL. Growing up we had 1 piece of art hanging in the living room. It was Dogs Playing Poker. My parents were enthralled by it.
        No wonder I love street art… any art, really!
        Still, I wish I had a picture of the dogs, hanging over the brass spittoon filled with pussy willows.

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