Press Release

Art Now: Ian Kiaer

Art Now: Ian Kiaer: Press related to past Tate exhibition.

Tate Britain  Art Now space
22 November 2003 – 25 January 2004

Tate Britain’s Art Now programme reflects current developments in contemporary British art. It consists of up to five exhibitions a year which demonstrate the quality and variety of new art in the UK.

Ian Kiaer makes carefully constructed assemblages comprising found objects, architectural models, paintings and drawings which form poetic narratives. The humble nature of Kiaer’s materials directly and consciously contrasts with the epic subjects depicted: a block of polystyrene represents a snow-covered sweep of land; an upturned plastic waste bin stands for a cliff face. These forms derive from Kiaer’s research into the idealistic visions of eccentric historical figures, united in their desire for retreat from the dominant ideologies of their day, or concerned with reconciling the relationship between man and environment. For Art Now Kiaer brings together both new and existing works to explore the relationship between the landscape paintings of the sixteenth-century Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel and the working spaces of the twentieth-century Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Ian Kiaer, born in 1971, lives and works in London. He studied at the Slade School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Endless Theatre Project, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (2003) and those at aspreyjacques, London (2003, 2001). He also showed in Dreams and Conflicts at this year’s Venice Biennale and Harmony, Happiness: A Survival Guide for Art & Life, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, also this year.

The exhibition which follows Ian Kiaer in Art Now series will feature new work by Nigel Cooke (6 February - 28 March 2004).

Art Now Lightbox
22 November 2003 - 15 February 2004
Admission free
Open everyday 10.00 – 17.50

As part of the Art Now series, Tate Britain will present the second instalment in the film and video programme in a specially designated space adjacent to the Manton Entrance on Atterbury Street. This programme will feature new and recent single-screen works by Daria Martin 22 November – 14 December 2003, Katy Dove 15 December 2003 – 4 January 2004, Haluk Akakçe 5 – 25 January 2004 and Rob Kennedy 26 January – 15 February 2004.