Climb, balance, crawl and roll on the interactive installation Bodymotionspacesthings by artist Robert Morris, as this series of huge props including beams, weights, platforms, rollers, tunnels and ramps built from materials such as plywood, stone, steel plate, and rope transforms the Turbine Hall.
This is a re-creation of Tate Gallery’s first fully interactive exhibition which took place in 1971, inspiring a huge media and public interest, when an art gallery asked people for the first time to physically interact with an art work. Shockingly, it was closed just four days after opening, due to the unexpected and over enthusiastic response of the audience. This time around, it will be created using contemporary materials based upon the original plans, in collaboration with Morris, enabling you to experience an exciting landmark in Tate’s history.
Bodymotionspacesthings was installed at Tate Modern as part of UBS Openings: The Long Weekend 2009. Following the success of this, opening has been extended to 14 June 2009.
Robert Morris (Born in Kansas City in 1931. Lives and works in New York State.) Morris was collaboratively involved with the Judson Dance Theater in the early 1960s, choreographing a number of important works. This experience was influential in his development as a pioneer of minimalist sculpture and process art, as he explored the viewer’s perception and experience of object and space. He has since continued a prolific practice as artist and writer, producing performance, painting, drawing, installation and sculpture. He is the author of a series of seminal critical essays, including Notes on Sculpture (1966), often exploring ideas addressed in his artworks. Major exhibitions of his work include his installation at the Green Gallery, New York (1965), as well as solo shows at the Whitney Museum (1970), the Tate Gallery (1971) and the Guggenheim, New York (The Mind/Body Problem 1994). Recently, his work has been exhibited at Leo Castelli, New York (Robert Morris: Deflationary Objects, 1962–1976 2008), Sprüth Magers Lee, London (Robert Morris: Early Sculpture 2005 and Morning Star Evening Star 2008).
UBS Openings is an exciting programme of events and activities which form part of the partnership between Tate Modern and UBS, a global financial services firm, over three years.