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DLA Piper Series: Constellations
Tate Liverpool: Display
Ongoing
Free

DLA Piper Series: Constellations explores connections between major works from the Tate collection across art history by arranging them in nine ‘constellations’. Presenting over one hundred works from the collection, on two floors of the gallery, the displays offer a fresh way of viewing and understanding artworks through correspondences rather than chronological narrative.

Constellation diagram showing the connections between artists in the Constellations display at Tate Liverpool

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 of origin. Chosen for their similarity to, apparent difference from or transformation of the trigger work, each grouping creates an accumulation of relationships and meaning that extends the themes and concerns of the originating work. Accompanying each constellation in the gallery is a graphic word cloud. Made up of a set of key words that relate to individual works, these clouds offer a visual snapshot of the shared characteristics within each constellation, with those traits that are most common appearing larger.

DLA Piper Series: Constellations begins on the first floor and continues on the second. The first floor constellations centre upon trigger works produced before 1960 while on the second floor the groupings develop from works created after 1960. 

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