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Art | March 22, 2020 |

Tate Modern 20th Anniversary
Lee Mingwei, Our Labyrinth, 2015 – present | Installation view at 11th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2016 | Photo: Jay Yuan

Tate Modern Turns 20
Tate Modern, London
May 11, 2020 – May 09, 2021

On Monday 11 May 2020, Tate Modern will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its opening. The day will feature a dedicated programme of displays and performances across the museum – including the return of Louise Bourgeois‘ iconic giant spider – as well as the opening of a special exhibition dedicated to the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

Tate Modern 20th Anniversary
Louise Bourgeois, Maman 1999, Tate. Presented by the artist 2008 © The Easton Foundation

Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern, said: “Our plans for May 2020 encapsulate the best of Tate Modern. We will shine a spotlight on some of the newest artists to join our collection, go behind-the-scenes in our conservation studio, and run talks and tours across the building. We also want to highlight some of the artists Tate Modern has championed over the past 20 years: Kusama and Bourgeois, for example, not only represent our commitment to great artists with truly international careers, but they also embody art’s journey from the avant-gardes of the early 20th century to the immersive installations being created today.”

Tate Modern has welcomed nearly 100 million visitors since it was first officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 11 May 2000, and it is now the world’s most visited museum of modern and contemporary art. From its long-term commitment to research, ground-breaking approach to collection displays and exhibitions to its unique commissions in the Turbine Hall and live programme in the Tanks, Tate Modern has transformed the British public’s relationship with contemporary art in the 21st century.

Tate Modern 20th Anniversary
Yayoi Kusama, Chandelier of Grief 2016, Courtesy Ota Fine Arts and Victoria Miro © YAYOI KUSAMA

To celebrate the anniversary, a year-long focused exhibition will showcase the work of one of the most celebrated international contemporary artists. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrored Rooms will be a rare chance to experience two of the artist’s immersive mirror room installations juxtaposed with photos and footage of early performance works and studio happenings. It will feature Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life, one of Kusama’s largest installations to date, originally made for her 2012 retrospective at Tate Modern. This will be shown alongside Chandelier of Grief, a room which creates the illusion of a boundless universe of rotating crystal chandeliers.

Tate Modern 20th Anniversary
Installation view of Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life 2011/2017 at Tate Modern © Yayoi Kusama | Photo courtesy of Tate Photography

Tate Modern‘s collection displays are well known for their bold pairings of art works, exploring the connections between two artists from different times or places. To mark the 20th anniversary, visitors will find a new series of 20 paintings picked out across the museum to showcase the diverse range of ideas and stories in Tate’s collection. These will include Louise Bourgeois‘ giant spider Maman, the very first work visitors encountered when Tate Modern opened in 2000, which will return to the Turbine Hall in May. This monumental bronze sculpture will be paired with an ephemeral and meditative performance by Lee Mingwei. Entitled Our Labyrinth, the performance centres on a dancer silently sweeping grains along a twisting path, echoing the themes of domesticity, fragility and memory in Bourgeois’ work.

Three other performance works from Tate’s collection will also be activated throughout the day, reflecting Tate’s continued commitment to performance. Nedko Solakov‘s A Life (Blck & White) sees two workers painting the walls black and white in turn in an endless cycle, Allor & Calzadilla‘s Balance of Power involves three yoga practitioners wearing military uniforms executing a sequence of yoga ‘warrior poses’, and Tunga‘s Xifópagas Capilares entre Nós features a pair of twins connected by their interwoven hair.

Other highlights will include an archive display telling the story of Tate Modern through films, images, objects and models, alongside newly-recorded oral histories from those who played a role in the museum’s development. In the Blavatnik Building, the conversation studio on level 4 will be open for a behind-the-scenes ‘show and tell’ revealing how Tate cares for its collection, and Tate Exchange on level 5 will host a drop-in interactive performance by artist Tim Etchells. Free 10-minute talks from staff across Tate will take place throughout the gallery while a selection of short films from the past 20 years including artist interviews, studio visits and behind the scenes documentary will be screened in the Starr Cinema all the day.

more. www.tate.org

Tate Modern 20th Anniversary
Lee Mingwei, Our Labyrinth, 2015 – present | Installation view at Museum MACAN, 2018 | Image courtesy of Museum MACAN, Jakarta
Tate Modern 20th Anniversary
Installation view of Tunga’s Xifópagas Capilares entre Nós at Tate Modern | Courtesy of Instituto Tunga | © Tate Photography (Oli Cowling)

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