Specially selected from the Tate collection, DLA Piper Series: Constellations encourages the exploration of connections between major contemporary works of outstanding quality and significance by arranging them in five ‘constellations’. Presenting more than sixty works from the national collection, the display offers an imaginative way of viewing and understanding artworks through how they relate to each other rather than chronological sequence.
Acting as the originating ‘trigger’ of each constellation is one artwork that has been chosen for its revolutionary effect on modern and contemporary art. Each of these trigger works is displayed among artworks that relate to it, and to each other, across time and location. Chosen for their similarity to, apparent difference from or transformation of the trigger work, each grouping creates interesting relationships and meaning that extends the themes and concerns of the originating work.
Accompanying each constellation is a word cloud (to be found under the information panels within each room). Made up of a set of key words that suggest the connections between them, these clouds offer a visual snapshot of the shared characteristics within each constellation, with those traits that are most common appearing larger.
As you walk through the display, and ideas form, think about which words you might choose for your own word clouds. The Man Ray, Henri Matisse and Jackson Pollock word clouds were produced by audience members at Light Night 2014, replacing the existing interpretation produced by Tate Liverpool’s exhibitions team and illustrating how the constellations provoke different personal journeys through the constituent works.
DLA Piper Series: Constellations tracks the works and movements of trigger artists from the early twentieth century, while reflecting the concerns of artists working today.
- Download the Constellations teacher’s pack [PDF, 6.8 Mb]
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