New Tate Modern opens and Tate 2017 highlights

A new Tate Modern building – the Switch House – will be opened to the public on 17 June 2016. This ten-storey building added to the south of the existing building will "offer 60% extra space for visitors to explore", and is expected to boost visitor numbers by one million people a year.  The expanded Tate Modern will display 800 works, with over 200 of them not before seen in a gallery.

Its opening weekend will be free and include musical performances, film screenings, workshops, tours, installations and events. The centrepiece will be a choral work involving 500 singers from London community choirs. You can see the lineup of events here.

The potential for collaboration is key as the Tate Exchange provides an "open experiment" with more than 50 organisations, aimed at making art together and exploring its role in the world. Read more on this.

Three galleries will be devoted to work from the 1960s onwards. Louis Bourgeois' giant spider opened the original Tate Modern in 2000, so an entire room will consist of her works.

The BMW Tate Live partnership will continue, with policemen patrolling the museum, a queue of people to nowhere, and a performance between strangers. The Tanks, the vast basement spaces that opened temporarily in 2012, will reopen with a new live performance every day until 3 July.

Back in the Turbine Hall, Chinese artisti Ai Weiwei's 7m-tall sculpture of a tree, the gallery's most recent acquisition, will dominate the space,while the Boiler Rooms will be completely rehung.

Meanwhile, the Tate's 2017 season will include exhibitions on Queer British Art, marking the 50-year anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality; Impressionists In London, French Artists In Exile; Racheal Whitehead's works over her 30-year career; and a huge David Hockney display as he approaches 80 years old. Tate Modern, meanwhile, includes a Giacometti restrospective; Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (1963–83); Red Star Over Russia focusing on the period of innovation following the October Revolution for its centenary; as well as a look at Fahrelnissa Zeid, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, and Amadeo Modigliani. There will also be a display of Wolfgang Tillmans's work, including a 10-day takeover of the gallery's South Tank with live installations and more. Learn more about the Tate 2017 season here.

Image above from copyright Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron


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