Portrait of Tate Modern Director Francis Morris in front of an abstract painting

Director, Tate Modern

Frances Morris

Function

Conceive and execute the curatorial programme of collection displays and exhibitions at Tate Modern and to represent the gallery externally and internally.

Biography

Frances Morris has played a key role in the development of Tate, joining as a curator in 1987, becoming Head of Displays at Tate Modern (2000–2006) and then Director of Collection, International Art until April 2016 when she was appointed to her current role. She has continually worked to re-imagine Tate’s collection and has been instrumental in developing its international reach and its representation of women artists. Frances was jointly responsible for the initial presentation of the opening collection displays at Tate Modern in 2000, which radically transformed the way museums present the story of modern art. She has curated landmark exhibitions, many of which were large-scale international collaborations, including three major retrospectives of women artists including Louise Bourgeois in 2007, Yayoi Kusama in 2012 and Agnes Martin in 2015.

Earlier in her career Frances Morris curated Paris Post War: Art and Existentialism in 1993 and in 1995 she worked with Stuart Morgan on the exhibition Rites of Passage. Specialising in post-war European and contemporary international art, she has published widely on the subject and has also curated projects with many contemporary artists from Britain and abroad, including Miroslaw Balka, Chris Burden, Genevieve Cadieux, Sophie Calle, Mark Dion, Luciano Fabro, Paul McCarthy and Nicholas Pope.

Frances holds a BA in History of Art from Cambridge University and an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She is a Board member at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, a Board member of CIMAM and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto.

Tate Modern Curatorial Department

The Curatorial Department at Tate Modern is responsible for the programme of exhibitions and collection displays of international modern and contemporary art from around 1900 to the present day, and for researching and building, through purchase or gift, Tate’s collection of international art.

Tate Modern Project team

The Tate Modern Project will add further space to the existing galleries and facilities of Tate Modern. This proposed investment, coupled with Tate Modern’s phenomenal success to date, will transform the gallery, creating an unparalleled platform for engagement with modern and contemporary art. The development will also create an urban park at the heart of London’s cultural quarter.