Tate has today (19th April) announced some of the highlights from its 2017 exhibition programme, which will feature retrospectives of artists such as David Hockney, Wolfgang Tillmans and Rachel Whiteread. 

In the spring of 2017, Tate Britain will celebrate the career of David Hockney in a major new retrospective running at the gallery from the 9th February to the 29th May. As the artist reaches his 80th birthday, this exhibition will re-evaluate his achievement throughout his career.

Meanwhile, the Tate Modern will be focusing on the work of one of the most exciting artists working today: Wolfgang Tillmans. Running at the gallery from the 15th February to the 11th June, the exhibition offers a new focus on his photographs and video work. It will concentrate on the work the artist has created in the 14 years since his major exhibition at Tate Britain.

In April, Tate Britain will open an exhibition titled Queer British Art, scheduled to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in Britain. On display from the 5th April to the 1st October, the exhibition will span across from the abolition of the death penalty for buggery in 1861 to decriminalisation in 1967.

Tate Modern will be presenting a huge exhibition devoted to the story of Giacometti‘s evolution from the 9th May until the 10th September. His work might be more familiar than his name, but this exhibition focus on the influences that shaped the artist and will feature some never-seen-before work.

Heading into the Summer months, Tate Modern will celebrate one of the most influential female Turkish artists Fahrelnissa Zeid  from the 7th June to the 15th October. This display of the artist’s work will closely examine the evolution of her figurative and abstract work.

From the 12th July until the 22nd October, Tate Modern will also host Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. This display will span the period of 1963-1983 and will explore how the category of ‘Black Art’ was defined and rejected before being redefined by artists across America.

The work of Rachel Whiteread will be on display at Tate Britain from the 12th September until the 4th February 2018. It will concentrate on celebrating her 30 year career as one of the UK’s leading sculptors.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov‘s work will be re-examined in a new exhibition at Tate Modern from the 10th October until 4th February 2018. The exhibition will present Ilya Kabakov’s paintings, drawings and albums made in Moscow from the 1950s to the 1980s before he emigrated to the United States. The exhibition will also show the ‘total’ installations made in collaboration with Emilia from 1989 to the present, which evoke the history and visual culture of the Soviet Union.

Other key exhibitions to take place at the Tate galleries next year include: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (Tate Britain – 2nd November-29th April 2018), Red Star Over Russia (Tate Modern – 8th November-18th February 2018) and an exhibition devote to the work of Modigliani (Tate Modern – 22nd November-2nd April 2018).




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