The Tate Modern has unveiled plans for entirely new collection displays, the majority of which have been acquired since 2000, which will be on display to the public from the 17th June.
The new displays will reveal how the collection has been developed since Tate Modern first opened to the public.
As well as being one of the world’s best known galleries of modern art, the aim is to make Tate Modern even more international, diverse and engaging. The works on display will have been created by over 300 artists and will be displayed across the existing Boiler House and the new Switch House.
The artwork on display will see old and new friends being brought together, including works by Mark Rothko, Agnes Martin and Henri Matisse joining new acquisitions by Meschac Gaba, Sheela Gowda and Cildo Meireles.
The Tate Modern will open with three weeks of live art. This free programme will include performance-based works from Tate’s collection staged intermittently throughout the building, from Tania Bruguera’s police on horseback, to Tino Sehgal’s gallery attendants bursting into song and Amalia Pica’s actors holding up a string of bunting. Meanwhile, the Tanks will also host new performance commissions running every day from 17 June to 3 July 2016.
To celebrate to opening of the new Tate Modern, the gallery will be open until 10pm each evening for an opening weekend of special events.
One of the developments of the new gallery is the launch of the ambitious ‘open experiment’ called Tate Exchange. Occupying an entire floor of the new Switch House building, it will invite over 50 organisations to participate in Tate Modern’s creative process for the very first time, running events and projects on site and using art as a way of addressing wider issues in the world around us. The programme will bring together artists such as Guerrilla Girls and Tim Etchells alongside charities, community radio stations, universities and healthcare trusts.
It has also been announced that 3,000 school children from across the UK will be among the first members of the public to see the new Tate Modern in a special preview on the 16th June. Welcomed by artist Bob and Roberta Smith, the children will have an exclusive opportunity to explore these new galleries and building.