The Unilever Series of annual commissions was launched in 2000 when Tate Modern opened with Louise Bourgeois’s I Do, I Undo, I Redo. The Spanish artist Juan Muñoz was the second artist commissioned in 2001 with Double Bind, and the first British artist to be commissioned was Anish Kapoor with Marsyas in 2002. Olafur Eliasson’s Weather Project illuminated the Turbine Hall in 2003 and Bruce Nauman’s mesmerising sound installation, Raw Materials, opened in October 2004. In 2005 Rachel Whiteread created her installation EMBANKMENT, and this was followed by Carsten Höller’s interactive spiralling slides, Test Site, which allowed visitors to travel through the vast space. Doris Salcedo created a subterranean sculpture that runs the length of the building, dramatically breaking open the floor of the Turbine Hall for Shibboleth which opened in October 2007.
Unilever’s sponsorship of The Unilever Series at Tate Modern began in 2000 and has recently been extended until 2012. The Unilever Series and the associated education programmes run in conjunction with Tate (the Unilever International Schools Art Project – UISAP – and The Unilever Series: Turbinegeneration) all reflect Unilever’s commitment to inspirational and thought-provoking art. The Unilever Series has inspired over 19 million visitors to Tate Modern and in the seven years of UISAP, an estimated 125,000 children have benefited from a first class education resource in schools throughout the world.