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Materials and Objects

Boiler House Level 4 West

© Lee Mawdsley


Discover artists from Tate's collection who have embraced new and unusual materials and methods

The Materials and Objects display looks at the inventive ways in which artists around the world use diverse materials.

Increasingly over the last hundred years, artists have challenged the idea that certain materials are unsuitable for art. Some employ industrial materials and methods, while others adapt craft skills, or put the throwaway products of consumer society to new uses.

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Art in this display

Marcel Duchamp Fountain

1917, replica 1964

Sheela Gowda Behold


Man Ray Cadeau

1921, editioned replica 1972

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