The Tate organisation have announced highlights of its 2019 exhibitions for their galleries in London. In January 2019, Tate Modern will open with Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory, showing how this innovative and much-loved French painter captured fleeting moments in time with his beautifully coloured landscapes and intimate domestic scenes. This will be followed by a survey of Franz West’s irreverent and playful sculptures, collages and installations in an exhibition specially designed by his friend and fellow artist Sarah Lucas. Tate Modern will also stage the first retrospective of Dorothea Tanning since her death in 2012 at the age of 101, exploring how her dreamlike paintings and eerie soft sculptures challenged ideas about the body and identity over a career spanning seven decades.
Tate Britain’s landmark show The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain will run alongside a retrospective of acclaimed photographer Don McCullin, featuring his powerful images of conflict in Vietnam, Northern Ireland and Syria as well as scenes of urban life and rural landscape in Britain.
The season will also see new contemporary works unveiled with the annual Tate Britain Commission for the Duveen Galleries and the third BMW Tate Live Exhibition in the Tanks at Tate Modern.
In summer 2019 Tate’s programme brings together a wide variety of art forms, from stage and costume designs to immersive and interactive installations.
Tate Britain will showcase the vibrant abstract paintings of Frank Bowling in his first UK museum retrospective, covering the entirety of his long and distinguished career.
Tate Modern will open two survey shows, both focusing on artists who have pushed the boundaries of art, worked across multiple disciplines and staged their work in innovative ways. The UK’s largest ever Natalia Goncharova exhibition will highlight her role as a leader of the Russian avant-garde and a trailblazing figure in painting and design. Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, renowned for his captivating installations like The weather project in 2003 and for his social and environmental projects like Little Sun, will return to Tate Modern for a large-scale exhibition and an outdoor artwork in July 2019.
The autumn sees a striking pairing of historic and contemporary artists at Tate Britain. The gallery’s first William Blake exhibition for a generation will take a bold new look at this radical and ambitious artist, who worked at a time of war, revolution and oppression. It will coincide with a major show of Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey’s explorations of pop culture and the digital world.
Technological innovation will also be a key theme in Tate Modern’s spectacular Nam June Paik retrospective, revealing the Korean artist’s pivotal role in the birth of video and TV art around the world. The annual Hyundai Commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall will also be unveiled in the autumn.
Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory (23 Jan – 6 May 2019, Tate Modern)
Don McCullin (5 Feb – 6 May 2019, Tate Britain)
Franz West (20 Feb – 2 Jun 2019, Tate Modern)
Dorothea Tanning (27 Feb – 9 Jun 2019, Tate Modern)
Tate Britain Commission (12 Mar – 6 Oct 2019, Tate Britain)
BMW Tate Live Exhibition (22 – 31 Mar 2019, Tate Modern)
The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain (27 Mar – 11 Aug 2019, Tate Britain)
Frank Bowling (31 May – 28 Aug 2019, Tate Britain)
Natalia Goncharova (6 Jun – 8 Sep 2019, Tate Modern)
Olafur Eliasson (11 Jul 2019 – 5 Jan 2020, Tate Modern)
William Blake (11 Sep 2019 – 2 Feb 2020, Tate Britain)
Mark Leckey (24 Sep 2019 – 5 Jan 2020, Tate Britain)
Hyundai Commission (2 Oct 2019 – 5 Apr 2020, Tate Modern)
Nam June Paik: The Future Is Now (17 Oct 2019 – 9 Feb 2020, Tate Modern)
For more information, visit the Tate Website here
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