Free Entry Tate Liverpool Exhibition

Ken's Show: Exploring the Unseen

Phillip King, ‘Within’ 1978–9
Phillip King, Within 1978–9. Tate. © Phillip King

See an exhibition 30 years in the making

2018 marks our 30 year anniversary. To celebrate, we’re presenting a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition conceived by Ken Simons, an Art Handler who has worked at Tate Liverpool since we opened in 1988.

Having installed thousands of artworks in his time, Exploring the Unseen is a display of Ken’s personal favourites, each considering the mysterious spaces in our world. It includes Tate collection highlights by Mark Rothko, Joseph Mallord William Turner and Barbara Hepworth, alongside artists who had their first UK showing at Tate Liverpool. Now, as he prepares to retire, the Art Handler steps in to the spotlight.

This is an amazing opportunity to display some of my favourite works from the Tate’s collections after so many years getting to know the works personally. It is through this hands-on interaction and curating this show that I learnt and understood much more about artists’ exploration of space.

Ken Simons, Art Handling Manager

Mark Rothko, ‘Light Red Over Black’ 1957
Mark Rothko
Light Red Over Black 1957
© Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko/DACS 2017
Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth’ exhibited 1842
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth exhibited 1842
Paul Nash, ‘Equivalents for the Megaliths’ 1935
Paul Nash
Equivalents for the Megaliths 1935

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30 March – 17 June 2018