800 WORKS BY 300 ARTISTS FROM 50 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES
The other major revolution at the new Tate Modern – and we’ll be going back to this in more detail soon – is obviously the new installation in the heart of the two wings. “Now we’re able to tell a more international, more diverse and more stimulating history of art,” explains Nicolas Serota, director of the Tate. “We wanted to trace the history of living arts, from cinema to new media, and above all acquire and show more work by women artists.”
The end of the Western, white male artist hegemony... The new installation is resolutely more interesting, more feminine and more diverse in its choice of media. Performance takes pride of place. Video is also very present. Of the 800 works, 75% of them have been acquired since 2000. The 300 artists on show come from 50 different countries including Chili, India, Russia, Sudan, Lebanon and Thailand… It’s an undeniable success. And let’s not forget the Tate Modern’s iconic masterpieces – the Richter, Rothko and Riley rooms cannot help but move you to tears.
On the top floor of this new wing, at more than 60 meters high, the visitor can contemplate 360° of a constantly changing London, – the cranes are countless – its most beautiful buildings (from Saint Paul’s Cathedral to Renzo Piano’s Shard) and its stormy sky. An exhilarating view offered by the Tate Modern that perfectly symbolises its architectural and artistic ambition: to stay at the top.
By Thibaut Wychowanok