Tate announced today that among the highlights of the 2013 programme will be major exhibitions of the work of Roy Lichtenstein, L.S. Lowry, Marc Chagall, Mira Schendel, William Scott, Gary Hume and Paul Klee.
Across the four Tate galleries, some of the most important and best-known painters of the twentieth-century will be presented: Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), a central figure of American Pop Art, at Tate Modern will be the most comprehensive exhibition ever mounted of the work of this artist; L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) at Tate Britain in Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life, the first major exhibition in a public institution since the artist’s death in 1976; Marc Chagall (1887-1985) at Tate Liverpool in Chagall: Modern Master, which will bring together some sixty paintings focusing on the artist’s time in Paris before the First World War through to the years he spent in his native Russia around the time of the Revolution in 1917; and William Scott at Tate St Ives in William Scott Centenary , which will mark the centenary of the birth of this distinctive modern British painter.
Also in 2013, the first full-scale survey in the UK of the work of Latin American artist Mira Schendel (1919-1988) will go on show at Tate Modern, realised in partnership with the Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo; and a unique opportunity to view the work of acclaimed North American artist, Ellen Gallagher (b1965), best known for her examination of race and cultural identity. In the autumn of 2013, Tate Modern will also present the first UK exhibition in over a decade of the work of Paul Klee (1879-1940), exploring the intense and inventive work of this renowned painter.
Highlights at Tate Britain include a focused selection of work by Gary Hume (b1962), one of Britain’s most renowned contemporary painters, to be shown at Tate Britain in parallel with a survey of the celebrated British painter Patrick Caulfield (1935-2005), illuminating the comparable work of these two artists from different generations.
At Tate Liverpool, Glam! The Performance of Style will critically re-evaluate the Glam era of 1971 to 1975 in an ambitious and richly extravagant exhibition, tracing the relationship of the era to painting, sculpture, film, performance and installation art in Britain, Europe and North America while a group exhibition at Tate St Ives, Aquatopia: The Imaginary of the Deep will take the visitor on an oceanic voyage through artists’ works featuring scrimshaw, marine artefacts, antique seafarers’ maps and fictional characters of the deep. The show will include work by The Otolith Group, Yves Klein, Carol Bove and Ashley Bickerton.
2013 is also the year which will see the completion of a major refurbishment at TateBritain, when historic and contemporary works from Tate Collection will be unveiled in a full rehang of the BP British Art Displays in new galleries to open to the public in early summer.
Roy Lichtenstein at Tate Modern will be the first full-scale retrospective of this artist in over twenty years. Co-organised by The Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern, it will bring together 125 of his most definitive paintings and sculptures and will reassess his enduring legacy. Renowned for his works based on comic strips and advertising imagery, coloured with his signature hand-painted Benday dots, the exhibition will showcase key paintings such as Look Mickey 1961 lent from the National Gallery Art, Washington and his monumental Artist’s Studio series of 1973-4.
At Tate Britain, Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life results from an invitation extended to the distinguished art historians T. J. Clark and Anne M. Wagner to reappraise Lowry for a new, extended audience. Including works by Lowry from Tate Collection and significant loans, the exhibition will re-assess his contribution as part of a wider art history, showing how he engaged fruitfully with the French tradition, and will argue for his achievement as Britain’s pre-eminent painter of the industrial city.
Chagall: Modern Master, organised by Kunsthaus Zurich in collaboration with Tate Liverpool, will be the first major presentation of the Russian artist’s work in theUK for over fifteen years. Chagall’s paintings of Russian village life with its floating figures and animals are instantly familiar. This exhibition will demonstrate his acute awareness of the latest avant-garde artistic developments of the time and show his shift in emphasis from the naïve folkloristic narratives in his early work towards an understanding of how he combined Fauve, Cubist, Expressionist and Suprematist styles while articulating his native Jewish Russian culture.
William Scott Centenary at Tate St Ives is a collaborative touring exhibition which will begin at St Ives in January 2013 before going to Hepworth Wakefield and Ulster Museum, Belfast. Renowned for his distinctive still life motifs, this exhibition will explore Scott’s shift between abstraction and figuration.