Stockholm-based photography museum Fotografiska announced on its website that its plans for a London outpost had been canceled because of the effects of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and COVID-19.
The full statement reads:
Fotografiska London Ltd / AB, the investment group seeking to develop a Fotografiska Museum in the UK capital has ended its effort to open at the Whitechapel Road location. Uncertainty around Brexit, coupled with current Covid-19 concerns, has made it untenable for the London-based licensee to establish a franchise at this time. Fotografiska International sees London as a leading cultural city, and will now evaluate opportunities in London directly in conjunction with real estate partners.
Fotografiska is a for-profit company and opened its first location in Stockholm in 2010. Since then, it has expanded to Tallinn, Estonia, and New York. The New York branch opened last year in a space designed by New York firm CetraRuddy. Earlier this month, the company announced a Berlin branch that will be designed by Herzog & de Meuron.
The London outpost was supposed to occupy 89,000 square feet in the White Chapel Building, a 1980s-era, eight-story building that was recently renovated by London-based firm Fletcher Priest Architects.
Fotografiska reports 500,000 annual visitors to its Stockholm space. Though photography exhibitions are ostensibly the core of the company’s spaces, its restaurants and shops are also major attractions.