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, while 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 last year Carsten Höller created the interactive spiralling slides, Test Site, which allowed visitors to travel through the vast space.
Unilever has sponsored The Unilever Series since Tate Modern’s opening in 2000, firstly committing to a £1.25m five-year sponsorship before renewing in 2005 with £1m for a further three-years. The Unilever Series and the accompanying education programme run in conjunction with Tate (the Unilever International Schools Art Project) reflect Unilever’s commitment to nurturing creativity and innovation helping to make people feel good, look good and get more out of life.