We celebrate your thoughts, views and creative comments shared by you across our blog, Twitter and Facebook pages and beyond
It’s been a busy few weeks across all four galleries and boy, have you been a big part of it. Lichtenstein: A Retrospective came to a close over the bank holiday weekend, and over the run of the show you’ve left us an incredible 300+ comments in total on our blog, and whilst Schwitters In Britain too closed its doors we’ve received some fantastic responses – in both word and collage form! So, here’s a big, sunny (yes, the sun will shine this June!) thanks to all of you who shared your thoughts with us. Let’s look back at a snippet of what you’ve said about our exhibitions, new displays, and most recent addition to the Tate collection.
Schwitters’s collage and his Merz philosophy - ‘the combination, for artistic purposes of all conceivable materials’ - inspired many of you to go create. Craft blogger Distinctly Daisy put her own stamp on the concept by making a brilliant collage postcard (pictured at the top), following a visit to both Schwitters and Lichtenstein exhibitions on the same day. Assemblage/Fine Artist Jackie Gedling took a friend and her two children Joshua and Rebecca Hurst (aged 9 and 11) to see the show on 9 May. Observant and inspired, Rebecca headed straight for her sketchbook and wrote:
Schwitters used bits of personal memories/materials to create pictures. The pictures were of his home or somewhere precious. He put his emotion into them, like a story; snap-shots into his past, ghostly fragments of the real picture. Together the fragments strangely make sense, fitting into the bigger picture. They are whole scrapbooks in a picture/painting. He experiments with normal stuff he has at home, which makes it more special because it connects more with him. You can feel his anger or love for something. The unusualness in his paintings shines through, so each person can re-create the story or scene behind it. The strange colours, that he uses, fight each other angrily. You can’t just look at the paintings, you need to look into them; feel the story and emotional lingering inside. You need the read the paintings like an exciting book, each part - a new chapter. If you do look into them, the stories reveal themselves to you. They surround you with imagination. Enjoy the beauty while you can!
Thanks Rebecca, we’re really glad Schwitters’s work surrounded your imagination!
On 13 May a new chronological display and refurbished galleries were unveiled at Tate Britain. We asked: which work are you most looking forward to seeing?
James Alexander Cameron on Facebok said:
The William Blake you’ve starved us of since you took down that phrenology display! I’ve only been able to live off the ones hanging in the V&A for the past couple of years…
And you’ve been sharing your thoughts on the BP Walk through British Art:
Brilliant new layout of the galleries at #TateBritain Wonderful to see the art laid out chronologically & the new Henry Moore galleries.
A Walk Through British Art feels like a walk through Britain itself. Not all of it is beautiful, not all is glamorous, http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2013/may/13/tate-britain-scraps-panels-art …
I find it quite amusing how art has progressed over the years, we laugh at some of these paintings but without them would there have been the inspiration for the great artists that followed up until today, dare I say the future too.
Tate Liverpool turned 25 last week and we asked you to share your memories of the gallery:
I remember sketching Moore’s Mother and Child (1953) must be 22 years ago now, and getting talking to a group of blind people who were enjoying the sculptures, and I remember thinking what a wonderful place it was.
I love Tate Liverpool. It opened the year before I went to uni in the city and became a favourite place to spend time.
Happy Birthday 25th birthday to @tateliverpool - one of the finest cultural cornerstones in the UK and a real treat for all Scousers.
This week we acquired ’one of the great masterpieces of British art’ John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, with some mixed feelings from you:
I love studying constable’s paintings, its like being able to travel back in time
Um, I have a problem with that rainbow smudge. Otherwise, beautiful painting…
Constable makes my eyes itchy. But it’s an important work and no amount of snide art snobbery changes that.
@Tate Fantastic news. Spectacular in real life. Delighted it will be seen in the UK in the future. One of my all time favourites. :-)
And finally, ahead of our Lowry blog series which started this week before the show opens on 26 June, we asked: when did you first see a Lowry painting? Think we’ll have to dedicate a separate blog post to these stories!
In primary school. i remember being really happy that he couldn’t draw horses legs so would always put them behind walls.
Rudy Castañeda López
A high school physics teacher from Manchester turned me on to Lowry in the 1990’s in New Zealand. I’ve loved him since.
I remember my parents buying a print and it hung over our mantelpiece for years. They were both smokers and the print gradually become nicotine stained, smoking really MEANING something in those days. Don’t know if the nicotine added to the picture or not…
Thanks everyone for sharing your stories, thoughts and truly inspired creations! Seriously, each week you make us chuckle, keep us on our toes and teach us something new.