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Today, Tate Modern’s new building opens its doors to the public: The already existing Boiler House has received an addition with the new Switch House – the most important new cultural building in Britain for almost 20 years. As part of the opening programme, the museum will showcase from 17 June to 3 July 2016 three weeks of live art. The free programme happens within the framework of #bmwtatelive, a partnership between #bmw and Tate, and highlights the increasingly important role of live actions and participatory experiences in the museum of the 21st century.
Tate Modern opened to the public in May 2000. Located in the former Bankside Power Station, it is the world’s most popular museum of modern and contemporary art. With around 5 million visitors each year, the number of visitors is more than double the number for which the building was originally designed. The spectacular new 10-storey building Switch House, designed by internationally renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, adds 60% more space and will open up the museum to the area around it. With amongst others additional floors of gallery space and a public terrace offering 360-degree panoramic views of London, the building is rooted in the underground so-called Tanks, the world’s first museum spaces dedicated to live art, installation and film.
The #bmwtatelive programme is staged across the whole new building complex in the opening weeks.
Visitors intermittently encounter works that are performed and experienced in real time throughout Tate Modern’s new displays, such as Tania Bruguera’s “Tatlin’s Whisper 5” (2008) with police officers on horseback or Tino Sehgal’s “This is Propaganda” (2002), in which a gallery attendant suddenly begins to sing. The Tanks house three classic 1960s sculptures by Robert Morris, Rasheed Araeen and Charlotte Posenenske that visitors can bring back to life.
As part of the same display, The Tanks also showcase two new performance commissions running daily. Tarek Atoui presents a new chapter in his ongoing work “The Reverse Collection”, consisting of ten specially-designed instruments played each day by a group of musician with the performances processed into a sound installation. In 2014, #bmw, as a partner of the eighth Berlin Biennale, made his “Dahlem Sessions” possible. Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmuş show their work “Public Collection Tate Modern” in which a group of five dancers perform live versions of familiar works of art as a repeated cycle – the idea of a collection of artworks as a fleeting, ephemeral act.
All details of the #bmwtatelive programme in the opening weeks can be found here: www.tate.org.uk/bmwtatelive
BMW Tate Live
BMW Tate Live is a long-term partnership between #bmw and Tate that features innovative live art, both in-gallery and online. #bmwtatelive aims to reach an international audience through new forms of art, addressing audiences changing needs, tastes and interests in art. The initiative creates a new space for collaboration and a programme that encompasses performance, film, sound, installation and learning – areas where artists can take greater risks and experiment freely. The programme aims to provoke debate on how art can affect intellectual, social and physical change.
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