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					Exhibitions and displays at Tate Britain October and November 2008 Tate Britain holds the largest collection of British art in the world and shows art work from the last five centuries. Opening hours Daily 10.00–17.50 First Friday of every month open until 22.00 Exhibitions 10.00–17.40, last entry 17.00 Admission Admission is free, except for special exhibitions. Booking and information Visit www.tate.org.uk/britain Call 020 7887 8888 Email visiting.britain@tate.org.uk Minicom 020 7887 8687 Address Millbank London SW1P 4RG

Francis Bacon 11 September 2008 – 4 January 2009 Level 2 Francis Bacon is one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century and this unmissable exhibition brings together the best and most important paintings from throughout his turbulent life. Bacon is world famous for his twisted images of people and animals, often splattered with paint, displaying raw emotion and considered to be some of the most powerful images in art. The human body is a recurring theme in his work and these paintings are displayed along with many others of animals and visceral landscapes. Exhibition highlights include his infamous portraits of Pope Innocent X and celebrated triptychs such as Three Studies for a Crucifixion 1962. This exhibition is a treat for fans of Bacon’s paintings, and the perfect introduction for people less familiar with his work. We recommend you book ahead to see this popular show. Ticket prices Adult £12.50. Over 60 £11.50. Student, unwaged, child 12–18 and disabled £10.50. Free to Tate Members. Family £31. Group £11.50 (£9.50 concessions). Joint ticket with Turner Prize 2008 £15. Booking fee applies. Open late on Fridays Take advantage of special late-night viewings every Friday. Open until 22.00 (last entry 21.00). Exhibition tours Wednesdays 14.15 and Fridays 19.15 from 24 September. £6.50 plus exhibition ticket. 15 places per tour. Catalogue £24.99/£35 Sponsored by Bank of America

Media partner: The Observer

Turner Prize 2008 30 September 2008 – 18 January 2009 Linbury Galleries The Turner Prize is the most prestigious award in British art, and for over twenty years it has been a weather vane for anyone interested in contemporary artists. Designed to stimulate debate, the exhibition presents a selection of work by four shortlisted artists, who represent the very best of current British visual art, and provides an opportunity for the public to discuss their opinions through the famous comments room. This year, the four artists who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize are Runa Islam, known for her carefully choreographed films that are both analytical and emotionally charged; Mark Leckey, who uses sculpture, film, sound and performance to communicate his fascination with contemporary culture; Goshka Macuga, whose form of ‘cultural archaeology’ uses work by artists past and present in new, dramatic environments; and Cathy Wilkes, who uses arrangements of commonplace objects and materials in her sculptures to touch on issues of femininity. Over the last two decades the Turner Prize has played a significant role in provoking debate about visual art and the growing public interest in contemporary British art in particular. The winner of the Prize will be announced on 1 December during a live broadcast by Channel 4. Ticket prices Adult £7. Over 60 £6. Student, unwaged, child 12–18 and disabled £5. Free to Tate Members. Family £17.50. Group £6 (£5

concessions). Joint ticket with Francis Bacon £15. Booking fee applies. Broadsheet available Media partner: The Guardian

Tate Britain Duveens Commission: Martin Creed Until 16 November Duveen Galleries Martin Creed has created a new work for the Duveen Galleries. Work No. 850 centres on a simple idea: that a person runs as fast as they can every 30 seconds through the 86-metre-long space. Each run is followed by an equivalent pause, like a musical rest, during which the grand neoclassical gallery is empty. This work celebrates physicality and the human spirit, and Creed has instructed the runners to sprint as if their lives depended on it. Catalogue available Supported by Sotheby’s

Art Now: Nashashibi/Skaer 8 November 2008 – 4 January 2009 Art Now space Alongside their individual art practices, Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer have been making collaborative works since 2005. Their films Ambassador 2005 and Flash in the Metropolitan 2006 focus on the act of looking and the transformative potential of film. One of their most recent collaborations is an installation for this year’s Berlin Biennale, which explored ideas of image-making and metamorphoses in two and three dimensions. Nashashibi and Skaer have created a new installation for the Art Now space.

Art Now: The Way in Which it Landed Until 26 October Art Now space For Art Now guest curator Ryan Gander has investigated ideas that have arisen in his own practice, including chance encounters and the playfulness of random occurrences. Gander has selected works from the Tate Collection and has also invited artists to engage with this selection and the notion of collecting.

Art Now: Trappenkamp Until 26 October Sculpture Court Juneau Projects was established in 1999 by artists Phil Duckworth and Ben Sadler. Their work incorporates video, sound and performance in installations that explore a desire to escape back to nature in the digital age. Early works reflected their ambivalent relationship to both the natural world and our constructed one. Mixing traditional crafts and customs with new technologies, from digitally generated wood carvings to woodland-themed computer games, they synthesise old and new, city and countryside, into their own expression of folk art for the modern age.

BP Exhibition: Drawn from the Collection Until 1 March 2009 Clore Galleries This is a rare chance to see some exceptional drawings from the Tate Collection by your favourite artists, dating from the

seventeenth century to the present. The drawings are grouped thematically so you can compare and contrast the work of JMW Turner, William Blake, Henry Moore, Stanley Spencer, Lucian Freud, Tacita Dean, Tracey Emin and many others. Supported by BP

BP British Art Displays 1500–2008 Tate Britain tells the story of British art through works from the Tate Collection. The earliest paintings date from around 1500 and the Collection goes up to the present day, so you can see old masters and contemporary art in the same building. The displays change regularly so there is always something new to see alongside old favourites. Don’t miss a new display of works from the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford’s superb collection of watercolours on a rare trip to the capital. This is Cecil season as, from 18 October, we mark the centenary of the birth of the visionary artist Cecil Collins with a dramatic display of his finest paintings alongside the work of that other great visionary, William Blake. Historic art The historic displays show how British art developed from the oil portraits and delicate miniatures of Queen Elizabeth I’s court to the late Victorian taste for Hogarth-inspired moralising paintings. On the way you can see dramatic displays of Grand Manner and landscape painting, as well as the ever-popular Pre-Raphaelites. You can also see some of the greatest British paintings of nature by artists such as George Stubbs and John Constable, while the Visionary Landscape display depicts a different view of the landscape, as shown for example in the work of Samuel Palmer. Another display brings together images of leisure in Victorian society, from William Powell Frith’s audacious social satire The Derby Day 1856–8 to Walter Sickert’s paintings of music halls

and Philip Wilson Steer’s pretty seaside pictures. Significant British artists also featured in this part of the gallery include William Hogarth, William Etty and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Modern art In the modern galleries you can follow a path from early twentiethcentury Vorticism to 1960s Pop, taking in artists such as Jacob Epstein, John Piper and David Hockney. These displays have been conceived to provide a context for the major retrospective of Francis Bacon. So, the title of the Image and Paint display comes from Bacon’s essay on the artist Matthew Smith, and sets work by both against that of Walter Sickert, Chaïm Soutine, David Bomberg and Frank Auerbach. A display of modern portraits, in which you can see Augustus John and Gwen John’s portraits of the same woman, is contrasted with another room showing the primitive treatment of the body by artists such as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. Prints made by Paula Rego and other artists at the Curwen Studio are the subject of a new display marking the Studio’s 50th anniversary. Collage and appropriation are recurring themes across several galleries, and artists whose work you can see include Nigel Henderson, Eduardo Paolozzi, Robyn Denny, Richard Hamilton, Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst. The contemporary displays continue with work by Christina Mackie and Rebecca Warren, along with Tate’s first presentation of Tacita Dean’s beautiful film Kodak 2006. The Multimedia Tour gives visitors an exciting way of finding out more about the BP British Art Displays. £3.50 (£3 concessions). Available from the desks near the Millbank and Manton Entrances. Supported by BP

Exhibitions and displays at Tate Modern October and November 2008 Tate Modern presents modern and contemporary art from around the world in a former power station on the bank of the Thames. Opening hours Daily 10.00–18.00 Friday and Saturday open until 22.00 Last entry to exhibitions 45 minutes before closing Admission Admission is free, except for special exhibitions. Booking and information Visit www.tate.org.uk/modern Call 020 7887 8888 Email visiting.modern@tate.org.uk Minicom 020 7887 8687 Address Bankside London SE1 9TG

Rothko 26 September 2008 – 1 February 2009 Level 4 Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Mark Rothko’s late series of paintings at Tate Modern. Rothko is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, and this is the first significant exhibition of his work to be held in the UK for over twenty years. The Seagram Murals, usually displayed in the Rothko Room, one of the highlights of Tate’s collection, are brought together for the first time with counterpart works from Japan and the USA to create this extraordinary show. Rothko’s paintings are famed for the intense, emotional responses they elicit from viewers. In the exhibition his paintings glow meditatively from the walls in deep dark reds, oranges, maroons, browns, blacks and greys. The exhibition also focuses on other late ‘series’ works, such as the Black-Form paintings, his large-scale Brown and Gray works on paper, and his last series of Black on Gray paintings. Rothko is the must-see exhibition of the year – book your tickets now to avoid missing out. Ticket prices Adult £12.50. Over 60 £11.50. Student, unwaged, child 12–18 and disabled £10.50. Free to Tate Members. Family £31. Group £11.50 (£9.50 concessions). Joint ticket with Cildo Meireles £15. Booking fee applies. Exhibition tours Fridays 19.15 from 10 October. £6.50 plus exhibition ticket. 15 places per tour. Catalogue £24.99/£35 Sponsored by Fujitsu

with additional support from Access Industries With a donation from The Dedalus Foundation, New York Exhibition organised by Tate Modern in association with Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Japan, supported by Japan Airlines Media partner: The Times

Cildo Meireles 14 October 2008 – 11 January 2009 Level 4 Cildo Meireles is one of the leaders in the international development of Conceptual art, and this Brazilian artist has made some of the most politically telling, aesthetically seductive and philosophically intriguing works in recent art. His objects and atmospheric installations from the late 1960s onwards never fail to surprise, ranging in scale from a tiny work in the form of a finger-ring to a vast installation covering 225m². Composed of familiar everyday objects, yet accumulated in forms that we never imagined before, such as the all-red living room of Red Shift 1967–84 or the massive tower of radios of Babel 2001, Meireles’s works lead us from an initial feeling of amazement to a deeper level of engagement. Eight of these great installations are on display here simultaneously for the first time, including the labyrinthine Through 1983–9, and Volatile 1980–94, a multisensory environment that plays with our response to danger, real or imagined. The exhibition also includes his celebrated Insertions into Ideological Circuits 1970, by which he devised a method to disseminate messages of protest under the military dictatorship in Brazil. This is Meireles’s first major retrospective in the UK and it presents a powerful and intriguing tour of his most memorable works.

Ticket prices Adult £8. Over 60 £7. Student, unwaged, child 12–18 and disabled £6. Free to Tate Members. Family £20. Group £7 (£5.50 concessions). Joint ticket with Rothko £15. Booking fee applies. Catalogue £19.99 Supported by the Cildo Meireles Exhibition Supporters Group with additional support from The Henry Moore Foundation

The Unilever Series: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster 14 October 2008 – 13 April 2009 Turbine Hall Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster is the latest artist to create a commission for The Unilever Series in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Widely regarded as one of France’s leading contemporary artists, Gonzalez-Foerster creates highly evocative and atmospheric art works. Using light, sound, photography, film and everyday objects, she constructs ‘environments’ in which the viewer is invited to participate. Her work is inspired by literature, cinema and science fiction, and this is her first public commission in the UK. Séance de Shadow II (bleu) 1998, a previous work by the artist, is a dream-like blue space activated by the viewer’s presence and featured in Tate Modern’s The World as a Stage exhibition in 2007. Catalogue available The Unilever Series: an annual art commission sponsored by Unilever

UBS Openings: Paintings 5 November 2008 – 13 April 2009

Level 3 Conceptual art ruled the 1970s, but towards the end of the decade some artists returned to painting and re-energised the art form. In 1981 the Royal Academy of Arts staged an exhibition called A New Spirit in Painting, and this display recaptures that moment, presenting works by artists from Italy, Germany, the USA and Britain. The works come from both Tate’s collection and The UBS Art Collection. Opening up art. Tate Modern Collection with UBS

Level 2 Gallery: Latifa Echakhch 19 September – 23 November Level 2 Gallery Latifa Echakhch creates sculptures and installations that explore the visual and architectural codes of identity. Rich in formal and conceptual processes, she makes allusions to Islamic geometric patterns and minimalism, colourfield painting, radical politics and the bureaucracy of residency visas, examining how even the most banal objects can be infused with cultural assumptions. With thanks to the Institut Français for their support of this exhibition The Level 2 Gallery programme has been made possible with the generous support of Catherine Petitgas

Sign and Texture Until 19 October Level 3 This display brings together works made from the 1950s onwards by painters who have explored the relationship between experience and abstract mark-making. Of those included the

Australian artist Fred Williams was most closely bound to the landscape, and explored a range of ways in which it could be abstracted through texture, colour and form. By contrast, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, the German abstract expressionist painter, sublimated experience in his subtle lyrical compositions. This display showcases these international artists as new additions to the Tate Collection, who enrich our understanding of a complex period.

Conceptual Models: Recent Contemporary Acquisitions Until March 2009 Level 5 Conceptual Models features contemporary works which look at the architectural environment by artists including Pawel Althamer, Thomas Demand, Sam Durant, Koo Jeong-a and Damián Ortega. Focusing on existing architectural statements and urban environments as well as imagined buildings, the works consider the potential of buildings to influence behaviour and effect personal and social exchange. Some works in the display depict real buildings, while others respond loosely to moments in the history of architecture, particularly mid twentieth-century Modernism and its aftermath.

UBS Openings: Tate Modern Collection UBS Openings: Tate Modern Collection is spread out over four wings. At the heart of each wing is a central hub offering an indepth exploration of key periods in the development of twentiethcentury art. These are Surrealism; Minimalism and Conceptual art; post-war Abstraction; and the three linked movements Cubism, Vorticism and Futurism. Radiating from each hub is a series of related displays presenting works which pioneered,

responded to or reacted against these major movements. Many of these displays are new as part of Tate Modern’s annual rehang for 2008. Material Gestures: Level 3 During the 1940s and 1950s artists used abstract and figurative forms as a way of expressing the turmoil of post-war life. In this wing important abstract expressionist works by Philip Guston, Joan Mitchell and Jackson Pollock are paired with sculptures by Jean Fautrier and Alberto Giacometti. Other famous works on show include Henri Matisse’s The Snail 1953 and Claude Monet’s Water-Lilies after 1916. Among the new displays is a room devoted to artists’ actions in Vienna in the 1960s, as well as Paul McCarthy’s remarkable video and slide installation Projection Room 1971–2006 2006. Poetry and Dream: Level 3 Surrealism and its continuing legacy is the focus of this wing. The striking display in the hub takes its lead from the Surrealists’ own exhibition in London in 1936, and includes Alexander Calder’s T and Swallow c1936, Edward Burra’s The Snack Bar 1930, and Joan Miró’s Painting 1927. Pablo Picasso’s iconic The Three Dancers 1925 can also be seen here. Adjacent rooms are dedicated to artists’ use of chance, to comparing Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso, and to the works of Joseph Beuys and Anselm Kiefer. New displays include works by Miroslaw Balka and Pepe Espaliù, photographs by Claude Cahun, Eileen Agar and Zoe Leonard, and Thirty Pieces of Silver 1988–9, a major installation by Cornelia Parker. Idea and Object: Level 5 This wing focuses on the emergence of Minimalism since the 1960s. Displayed in the central hub are some of the movement’s most striking works, including Carl Andre’s Equivalent VIII 1966 and Sol LeWitt’s Five Open Geometric Structures 1979. An

adjacent room with important works by Constantin Brancusi, Barbara Hepworth, Kasimir Malevich and others shows the earlier abstract art that stimulated Minimalism. Major rooms are dedicated to Joseph Beuys and Ellsworth Kelly. Among the exciting new displays are recently acquired works by Hélio Oiticica and Victor Grippo, and Dan Graham’s pioneering film work Two Correlated Rotations 1970 which has been specially restored for the occasion. States of Flux: Level 5 The three linked movements Cubism, Vorticism and Futurism are explored in this wing’s hub, along with artists’ interest in change, modernity and urban life. Important cubist paintings by Juan Gris and Georges Braque are displayed in the hub, alongside groundbreaking works by Jacques Lipchitz and Raymond DuchampVillon. After Impressionism, next door, shows the continuing individualism of Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard and others. A major room devoted to American Pop art looks at commodity culture through the work of Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol. Between these main rooms runs a sequence of new displays that embrace film, photography, drawing and posters, including galleries dedicated to Susan Hiller and Seydou Keïta. Opening up art. Tate Modern Collection with UBS The Learning Zone on Level 5 lets you discover more about works in UBS Openings: Tate Modern Collection. The Multimedia Tour includes artists’ commentaries, archive recordings and responses by leading cultural figures. £2 (£1 concessions), ID required. Multimedia guides and the Learning Zone sponsored by Bloomberg


				
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