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What’s on: Exhibitions

Tate Modern : Exhibition
Performing for the Camera

18 February 2016 – 12 June 2016

Serious performance art, portraiture, or just simply posing for the camera? What does is it mean to perform for the camera? 

Tate Modern : Exhibition
Coming soon: Mona Hatoum

4 May 2016 – 21 August 2016

This is the first major survey of Mona Hatoum’s work in the UK, covering 35 years from her early radical performances and video pieces, to sculptures and large-scale installations

Coming soon: Painting with Light

11 May 2016 –25 September 2016

Tate Britain presents the first major exhibition to celebrate the spirited conversation between early photography and British art

Tate Britain : Exhibition
Conceptual Art in Britain 1964–1979

12 April – 29 August 2016

This fascinating exhibition explores this pivotal period in British history, which changed the way we think about art to this day. Conceptual artists decided to abandon traditional approaches and made ideas the essence of their work

Tate Liverpool : Exhibition
Coming soon: Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms

18 May 2016 – 18 September 2016

Join us this summer to experience the largest Francis Bacon exhibition ever staged in the north of England.  Displaying more than 30 paintings, alongside a group of rarely seen drawings and documents; learn more about one of Britain’s modern masters

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden : Events
40th Anniversary of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

10 January 2016 – 20 May 2016

We are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden with a special series of events and activities, culminating on Saturday 9 April with Hepworth LIVE

What's on: Events

  • Film
    Akram Zaatari: Twenty-Eight Nights and a Poem

    11 May 2016, 18.30 – 21.00

    Akram Zaatari’s latest film Twenty-Eight Nights and a Poem explores the work of photographer Hashem el Madani. 

  • Talks and lectures
    Look back, think forward: re-shaping the Nordic avant garde

    14 May 2016, 15.00 – 17.00

    This panel discussion considers the curatorial approaches of Nordic countries.  

  • Events
    Tate Film Pioneers: Rebecca Horn: Films, 1970–2016

    6 May 2016 – 8 May 2016

    Weekend-long retrospective including a free display of Rebecca Horn’s performance film compilations 

  • Talks and lectures
    Mona Hatoum: Piercing the object - Inventing the self

    1 June 2016, 18.30 – 20.30

    This panel discussion reflects on Hatoum’s manipulation of materials and their metaphorical potential. 

  • Talks and lectures
    Gustav Metzger, 'Liquid Crystal Environment' 1965, remade 2005
    New Materialisms: reconfiguring the object

    27 May

    How can investigating materials stimulate new kinds of thinking? This conversation focuses on recent scholarship into materials and how matter comes to matter through art practice, research and curating


    Ann-Sophie Lehmann 

    As Professor for modern & contemporary art at the University of Groningen, her research explores how materials, tools, and practices partake in the meaning making of art. Other areas of study include; how images and texts represent and reflect creative practices; and how knowledge about making engenders material literacy. Recent publications include Hiding Making - Showing Creation. The Studio from Turner to Tacita Dean, ed. with Rachel Esner and Sandra Kisters, Amsterdam 2013 and Meaning in Materials, Leiden 2013.

    Francesco Manacorda

    Manacorda is Artistic Director at Tate Liverpool and part of the curatorial team of the 2016 Liverpool Biennial. In 2013 he was a member of the International Jury for the 55th Exhibition at la Biennale di Venezia. From 2010 to 2012 he was Director of Artissima, and between 2007 and 2009 was Curator at Barbican Art Gallery, London where he realised the large-scale Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art and Radical Nature. Manacorda is currently Visiting Professor at the School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University.

    Iris van der Tuin 

    Van der Tuin works as Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She is chair of the COST Action New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’. From May 2003 to February 2015, she was faculty member of the Graduate Gender Programme at Utrecht University, where she worked on the intersection of Gender Studies and Philosophy of Science.

  • Film
    Co-op Dialogues 1966-2016: Malcolm Le Grice and Matthew Noel-Tod

    16 May 2016, 19.00 – 21.00

    A selection of works by Le Grice and Noel-Tod will be screened, followed by a conversation between the artists. 

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