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Artist and Society

Boiler House Level 2 West

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Explore artworks from Tate's collection that respond to their social and political context

This wing is concerned with the ways in which artists engage with social ideals and historical realities. Though some artists associated modernism with a utopian vision, art has also provided a mirror to contemporary society, sometimes raising awareness about urgent issues or arguing for change. Whether through traditional media or moving images, abstraction or figuration, militancy or detached observation, all the artworks in this wing highlight aspects of the social reality in which they were made, and try to generate a reaction and convey a more or less explicit message to their publics.

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Art in this display

Pablo Picasso Weeping Woman


Lorna Simpson Five Day Forecast


Joseph Beuys 7000 Oak Trees


Salvador Dalí Autumnal Cannibalism


Rooms in this display

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