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UBS Openings: Tate Modern Collection

UBS Openings: Tate Modern Collection: Press related to exhibition.

For the first time since Tate Modern opened in 2000, all 48 of its galleries devoted to the display of the permanent Collection will be rehung around an entirely new concept. Opening on Tuesday 23 May 2006, the rehang has been made possible thanks to a significant three-year partnership between Tate Modern and UBS.

The rehang, UBS Openings: Tate Modern Collection, will feature four wings (on Levels 3 and 5) each of which will revolve around a central display that focuses on a key period of innovation in twentieth century art history. The four periods are associated with Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism; Surrealism and Surrealist tendencies; Abstract Expressionism and European Informal Art; and Minimalism. Around these focal points a range of displays will move backwards and forwards in time, exploring how these movements both reflect earlier artistic practice and shape and inform subsequent developments and contemporary art. There will continue to be direct dialogues between contemporary art and the past with an introductory room for each suite bringing together a striking pairing of landmark works by two artists from different generations. The rehang will also include a special display drawn from The UBS Art Collection, which will augment areas of art practice, such as photography, which are not currently well represented in the Tate Collection.

Over 40% of the works in the new displays will never have been shown at Tate Modern before including icons such as Whaam! by Roy Lichtenstein and around thirty recently acquired works including important pieces by Francis Picabia and Anish Kapoor. Some 20% of works on display will be newly acquired and major works by Tacita Dean, the Guerrilla Girls, Christian Marclay, John Baldessari and Cildo Meireles will be on display for the first time.

In addition, UBS’s support will enable Tate Modern to programme additional events and displays which will take their inspiration from the Collection and aim to draw in new audiences. The first of these events, to celebrate the rehang, is The Long Weekend, a four day festival which will take place at Tate Modern on Friday 26 May to Monday 29 May 2006. The programme will also include major live events in May 2007 and 2008; bi-monthly live performance art events (building upon the success of earlier performances by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, DV8 and Merce Cunningham); focused displays and education and interpretation initiatives such as a dedicated family space, a timeline on the public concourses and touch screen computers linked to Tate’s online art database.

Nicholas Serota, Tate, Director, said:

UBS have been important supporters of Tate Modern since 2000 and we are delighted about this exciting and unique partnership. This level of support and commitment, over a three-year period, will enable us to generate public interest in the Collection in a way we have not been able to before.

The collaboration with UBS enables Tate Modern to focus on its Collection in new and different ways and reach out to new audiences through additional programming and interpretation initiatives.

Jeremy Palmer, Member of the Group Managing Board, UBS, said:

UBS has a long-standing relationship with Tate Modern and this three year partnership reflects a significant deepening and broadening of our support.

We are delighted that works from The UBS Art Collection will be included in the display to augment areas of artistic practice which are not currently well represented in the Tate Collection.

We are very excited by this huge step forward in our collaboration with Tate Modern and the many opportunities we hope it will provide for broadening access to the vibrant and inspiring world of modern art.

Editor notes

Tate and UBS share a vision to open up art. Together we have created UBS Openings, a dynamic and wide-reaching programme focused on the Tate Modern Collection.

The programme features the complete rehang of Tate Modern’s permanent Collection, including a selection of works from The UBS Art Collection, an annual cultural festival, regular live events and an exciting range of activities for families.

By working together, we believe that our unique partnership will enable us to reach out to more audiences than ever before.


UBS is a leading financial firm, combining financial strength with a reputation for innovation and a global culture that embraces change.

UBS is one of the world’s largest wealth managers, a premier investment banking and securities firm, and one of the largest global asset managers. In Switzerland, UBS is a market leader in retail and commercial banking.

Headquartered in Zurich and Basel, UBS employs over 68,000 people, and has operations in over 50 countries and in all major financial centres.

The UBS Art Collection combines key works from previously separate collections built up in the US and Europe. With its 30-year heritage, the Collection focuses on works of museum quality that represent the defining trends in European and American contemporary art from the second half of the twentieth century.

The UBS Art Collection comprises over 900 paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures by major artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Edward Ruscha, Lucian Freud and Candida Höfer. It is thought to be one of the world’s most important corporate collections of contemporary art.

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Tate Modern

More than 20 million people have visited the Collection displays since Tate Modern opened in 2000.

In a recent survey of visitors to Tate Modern, 53% gave the Collection displays as the principal reason for their visit.

Tate Modern displays the Tate Collection of modern and contemporary art. When it opened in 2000, the Collection was displayed in four thematic groups; landscape, still life, the nude and history painting, each of which spanned the last hundred years.