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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 is free, except for special exhibitions.

Booking and information
Call 020 7887 8888
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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
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
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
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 twentieth-
century 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
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 is free, except for special exhibitions.

Booking and information
Call 020 7887 8888
Minicom 020 7887 8687

London SE1 9TG
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
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 multi-
sensory 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
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

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
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

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 in-
depth exploration of key periods in the development of twentieth-
century 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 ground-
breaking works by Jacques Lipchitz and Raymond Duchamp-
Villon. 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
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