The newly expanded Tate Modern, the gallery of modern and contemporary art, opened on 17 June with free live performances, new commissions, and a host of special events. Three weeks of live art will animate the displays. The Switch House is the new extension of the Tate Modern on the site of the old Bankside Power Station, and increases the size of the Museum by 60% offering a variety of new experiences. The collection is now more diverse and includes photography, performance, and film as well as more work by women artists.
The free collection displays 800 works by over 300 artists from more than 50 countries. The new displays tell a broader story of modern and contemporary art over the last 100 years. They range from the subterranean concrete Tanks, the first permanent museum space dedicated to live art, to new spaces for learning, and a panoramic public viewing terrace on level 10. The Tanks will host new performance commissions every day from 17 June to 3 July 2016 highlighting the place of live art in the 21st century museum.
Digital technology is now fully integrated with interactive spaces, a new app, a timeline of Modern Art, touch screen and a digital drawing bar as well a series of weekly short films. From September, Tate Exchange, an ambitious ‘open experiment’ is taking place over nine months. 50 organisations will be participating in Tate Modern’s creative process running events and projects on site, using art as a way of addressing wider issues in the world around us.
In the Boiler House, four displays offer different approaches to modern art, each spanning 1900 to the present day. They explore art history, demonstrating vibrant and internationally interconnected art scenes and the shared concerns of artists across history and geography.
In the Switch House the four displays explore how art became active, starting in the 1960s when artists began forging a dynamic new relationship with audiences.
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