Tate Liverpool

DLA Piper Series: International Modern Art displays art from the Tate Collection and this September there are some exciting new changes being made to give you the chance to see more work by major artists.

The display is arranged chronologically from 1900 and divided into five sections, each of which focuses on a specific theme or art movement. Painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation are featured by a wide range of artists from Paul Cézanne through to Jake and Dinos Chapman. Many have not been shown in Liverpool before and have been selected to reflect the richness and variety of the Tate Collection.

On Tuesday 27 September two new sections open. The years 1900 – 1918 witnessed an unprecedented transformation of artistic styles and practices. Many artists became more concerned with form, colour and design than in trying to make realistic descriptions of the visible world. This change is shown here in two contrasting genres – the domestic interior and the landscape – by artists such as Vilhelm Hammershoi, Gwen John, Camille Pissarro, Sir William Orpen and Edouard Vuillard. Sculptures by Edgar Degas and Auguste Rodin have been included to give a complete view.

For many artists, childhood is crucial for an investigation into self-identity. The new contemporary section (1972 – 2002) is entitled Child’s Play and examines the ways that artists subvert ‘childish’ imagery to make powerful statements on modern life, as in the work of Grayson Perry, Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Dzama and Annette Messager.

The Focus Room at the beginning of the display offers a more intimate look at the work of an artist or artists. From 23 September the Focus Room unites two major artists from the Parisian avant-garde of the early twentieth century, Constantin Brancusi and Amedeo Modigliani. The two were friends and their work demonstrates signs of this close relationship and common artistic vision. The display features a range of major sculptures, paintings and drawings influenced by their mutual interest in non-European sculptural traditions.

The DLA Piper Series is a continuous display of exemplary works of international modern and contemporary art from the Tate Collection.


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