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Tate Exhibition Programme 2004

Tate Exhibition Programme 2004: Press related to past news.


Tate Britain
Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature
Tate Britain, Linbury Galleries
12 February – 3 May 2004 (Press View: Monday 9 February. With support from The Ahmanson Foundation, The Starr Foundation and Mrs Coral Samuel CBE

Pre-Raphaelite Vision is the first exhibition to focus solely on the deep fascination the Pre-Raphaelites had for the natural world and will explore a whole new dimension of their work. The exhibition will bring together around 150 works including celebrated paintings such as William Holman Hunt’s Our English Coasts (Strayed Sheep) 1852 and John Everett Millais’ The Blind Girl 1854-56.

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida: Angus Fairhurst, Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas
Tate Britain, Level 2 Exhibition Galleries
3 March – 31 May 2004 (Press View: Tuesday 2 March)

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is the joint vision of Angus Fairhurst, Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas, three of the most important British artists of their generation. Consisting largely of new works, this major exhibition will explore themes in human existence and extinction. The title - a mutated reference to the biblical theme of the Garden of Eden - is taken from the 1968 recording by the psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly.

Tate Modern

Constantin Brancusi
Sponsored by Aviva plc
Tate Modern, Level 4
29 January – 23 May 2004 (Press View: Wednesday 28 January)

Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957) was one of the founding figures of modern sculpture and one of the most original artists of the twentieth century. His choice of materials including marble and limestone, bronze and wood, and his individual expression through carving, established him as a leading avant-garde artist. This exhibition will bring together around forty of Brancusi’s sculptures and will be the first major exhibition in the UK dedicated to his works.

Donald Judd
With support from The Hedges Family Charitable Foundation
Tate Modern, Level 4
5 February – 25 April 2004 (Press View: 3 February 2003)

This major survey exhibition will be the first full retrospective of the work of Donald Judd (1928-1994), and coincides with the tenth anniversary of his death. Donald Judd first came to public attention in the mid 1960s as one of a group of American artists who were referred to as ‘Minimalists’ including Carl Andre, Dan Flavin and Sol LeWitt. Arranged vertically or horizontally on the wall, across the floor, his severely rectilinear works have a powerful, physical and optical presence and incorporate the space around them. From the mid-eighties vibrant colour played an increasing part in his work and he is now seen as an important colourist.

Tate Liverpool

Mike Kelley: The Uncanny
20 February – 3 May 2004

Mike Kelley, Los Angeles-based sculptor, performance and installation artist, is one of the most significant artists working today and The Uncanny is the first large-scale solo show devoted to the artist in the UK.

Tate St Ives

Karl Weschke
7 February – 9 May 2004

Karl Weschke (b.1925, Germany) arrived in Britain as a prisoner of war and has lived and worked in Cornwall in 1955. His figurative paintings are strongly linked to his immediate environment; the elemental landscape of Cornwall and the characters associated with it, both human and animal. These are pared down to essentials and portrayed using limited colours. Weschke has a particular interest in ancient myths and their enduring relevance to modern man, which is a prominent feature in much of his work.

Gerard Quinn
7 February – 9 May 2004

Quinn is the second artist in the residency programme at the Porthmeor Studios, St Ives. This display will focus on works made during this period


Tate Britain

Art of the Garden
Sponsored by Ernst and Young
3 June – 30 August 2004 (Press View: Tuesday 1 June)

The garden has long provided inspiration for artists just as art has long inspired gardeners. In 2004, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Year of the Garden, Tate Britain will present the first major exhibition to examine the relationship of the garden and British art. Covering the last two centuries, Art of the Garden will bring together over one hundred works by artists ranging from Constable and Turner to Lucian Freud, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Gary Hume, including new work made specifically for the exhibition. It will also highlight several artist’s gardens, including Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Little Sparta in Scotland and Derek Jarman’s garden at Dungeness, and investigate the influence of colour theory on the planting schemes of the great garden designer Gertrude Jekyll.

This Was Tomorrow: Art and the 60s
30 June – 3 October 2004 (Press View Tuesday 29 June)

This Was Tomorrow explores new departures in art in Britain in the seminal years following 1956, a period of seismic change in British culture. The exhibition will include some of the best-known artists of the last fifty years, among them David Hockney and Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake and Bridget Riley, as well as influential but less widely celebrated figures of the period such as John Latham and Gustav Metzger. Such artists reflected and participated in the social revolution that became mythologised as the ‘swinging sixties’.

Tate Modern

Edward Hopper
27 May – 5 September 2004 (Press View: Tuesday 25 May)

This major retrospective of the work of Edward Hopper (1882-1967) will be the first in the UK for over twenty years. Hopper is considered the pre-eminent painter of modern America and he painted some of the twentieth century’s most iconic images. By transmuting scenes and motifs from everyday life into profound statements about the human condition, Hopper transcended the American experience to address universal concerns. His work has inspired generations of artists and film makers.

Luc Tuymans
23 June – 26 September 2004 (Press View: Tuesday 22 June)

Luc Tuymans is a painter who has made a significant contribution to the medium of painting over the past fifteen years. Born in Belgium in 1958, he is one of the most highly regarded artists of his generation and represented Belgium at the Venice Biennale in 2001. This exhibition is presented in collaboration with K21, Düsseldorf, and will be the first major exhibition of his work in the UK featuring around eighty works produced over a period of twenty years.

Tate St Ives

David Nash
22 May – 26 September 2004

David Nash (b.1945) has established an international reputation as a sculptor working primarily in wood. He has an interest in ecology and the environment, often utilising fallen or uprooted trees as source material. His sculptures combine the remote, rugged environment of his homeland, North Wales, with the ability to work with the subtle nuances of different woods. Nash uses the elements of air, water, and particularly fire, to alter theform and surface of the material, often creating dramatic carbonised geometric forms, which will be the focus of this exhibition.

Mariele Neudecker
22 May – 26 September 2004

Mariele Neudecker (b.1965) left Germany in the 1980s and now lives and works in Bristol. She creates landscapes, often evocations of mountain ranges, which are made of fiberglass resin airbrushed with acrylic and placed in glass cases. The essence of her work is an exploration of the territory between reality, imagination, experience and memory, and central to her practice is her interest in German Romanticism.


Tate Britain

Gwen and Augustus John
29 September 2004 – 9 January 2005 (Press View: Tuesday 28 September)

This is the first large-scale exhibition to focus on the sister and brother artists Gwen John (1876-1939) and Augustus John (1878-1961). Including around seventy paintings and drawings by each artist, the exhibition will demonstrate that although Augustus described himself and his sister as ‘the same thing, really’, their artistic development from their common origin was remarkably contrasting.

Turner Prize 2004
Shortlist announced: 18 May 2004
Exhibition: 20 October 2004 – 23 January 2005 (Press Day Tuesday 19 October)
Prize awarded: Sunday 5 December 2004

The Turner Prize 2004 will be awarded at Tate Britain in December 2004, and the four shortlisted artists will exhibit their work at the gallery from 20 October. The shortlist will be announced on 18 May.

Anthony Caro
4 November 2004 ­ 6 February 2005 (Press View: Tuesday 2 November)

Sir Anthony Caro (b. 1924) is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest living sculptors. To coincide with the artist’s eightieth birthday Tate Britain will present a major retrospective exhibition surveying over fifty years of his work: from the 1950s to the present day. The exhibition will show seminal pieces from the early 1960s, including the pioneering coloured steel sculptures which established Caro’s reputation, in the context of new and recent works in which fresh lines of innovation and development are apparent.

Tate Modern

Time after Time
6 October 2004 – 2 January 2005 (Press View: Tuesday 5 October)

Time after Time will present video and films by some of the most innovative and notable contemporary artists from around the world including Francis Alÿs, Pierre Huyghe, Jeroen de Rijke and Willem de Rooij, Anri Sala, Wolfgang Staehle and Fiona Tan.

The Unilever Series
12 October 2004 – 28 March 2005 (Press View: Monday 11 October)
Artist to be announced

In a unique partnership between Unilever and Tate, Tate Modern has been able to ommission a new large-scale work for the gallery’s Turbine Hall each year.

Robert Frank
27 October 2004 – 30 January 2005 (Press View: Tuesday 26 October)

Robert Frank (b. Zurich, 1924) is one of the most important living photographers. To coincide with the American artist’s eightieth birthday, Tate Modern will present over one-hundred and fifty black and white photographs that have not previously been displayedoutside the USA, in Frank’s first monographic exhibition in the UK.

Tate Liverpool

Liverpool Biennial: The International
18 September – 28 November 2004This ten week festival is the UK’s only biennial of contemporary visual art. The 2004 core programme consists of four exhibition strands: The International, The Independent, John Moores Contemporary Painting Exhibition and Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Tate Liverpool is a major venue for The International.

Tate St Ives

Trevor Bell
9 October 2004 – 9 January 2005

Trevor Bell (b.1930) returned to Cornwall in the 1990s from the United States. His work explores the way the experience of colour and space in painting and that found in the landscape. Although his work does not contain obvious landscape references, it retains a strong sense of space and atmosphere, emphasised by his use of dramatically shaped canvases.