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Tate Modern

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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Venue

Tate Modern
Bankside
London
SE1 9TG
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Art in this display

Pablo Picasso Weeping Woman

1937

Lorna Simpson Five Day Forecast

1991

Joseph Beuys 7000 Oak Trees

1982

Salvador Dalí Autumnal Cannibalism

1936

Rooms in this display

Supporting content

Art and London

Take a look at London through the eyes of six artists

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