10 May, 2006

tate modern - rehang

"I don’t want to get you too excited, but half the great rehang of Tate Modern’s permanent collection is, um, already hung and available to see right now. Quietly at Christmas, two of the four main areas devoted to the ambitious project were opened. More than 40 per cent of the works have never have been seen before, while 20 per cent are newly acquired. The official unveiling of the rehang ... is on May 23 and is Tate Modern’s first reordering of its collection since it opened in 2000. ....

Gone are the old themes — “The Landscape”, “Still Life”, “History” and “Nude” — to be replaced by “Poetry and Dream” (Surrealism and “Surrealist tendencies” — which sounds slightly pathological); “Material Gestures” (Abstract Expressionism and European Informal Art); “States of Flux” (Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism); and “Idea and Object” (before and after Minimalism)."

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