A Bigger Splash
A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance
Tate Modern: Exhibition
14 November 2012 – 1 April 2013
£10, concessions available
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  • Pinot Gallizio Documentation, Industrial Painting c1958

    Pinot Gallizio
    Documentation, Industrial Painting c.1958

    © Courtesy Archivio Gallizio, Turin

  • Helena Almeida Inhabited Painting 1975

    Helena Almeida
    Inhabited Painting 1975

    © Helena Almeida, courtesy Serralves Foundation Collection, Oporto, Portugal

  • Jack Hazan A Bigger Splash 1974 Courtesy Jack Hazan and David Mingay, distributed by the British Film Institute © Buzzy Enterprises Ltd.

    Jack Hazan
    A Bigger Splash 1974

    Courtesy Jack Hazan and David Mingay, distributed by the British Film Institute
    © Buzzy Enterprises Ltd.

  • Niki de Saint Phalle Shooting Picture 1961

    Niki de Saint Phalle
    Shooting Picture 1961

    2008, NIKI CHARITABLE ART FOUNDATION All rights reserved

  • Jack Smith Unknown Title 1961–62 © Jack Smith Archive CORE A Bigger Splash

    Jack Smith
    Unknown Title 1961–2

    © Jack Smith Archive

  • Marc Camille Chaimowicz Jean Cocteau… 2003–8 Courtesy the artist and Cabinet, London

    Marc Camille Chaimowicz
    Jean Cocteau
    … 2003–8

    © Courtesy the artist and Cabinet, London

  • Ana Mendieta, 'Untitled (Self-Portrait with Blood)' 1973

    Ana Mendieta
    Untitled (Self-Portrait with Blood) 1973
    Colour photograph on paper
    frame: 398 x 310 x 32 mm
    Presented by the American Patrons of Tate, courtesy of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee 2010 The estate of Ana Mendieta, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York

    View the main page for this artwork

This exhibition will take a new look at the dynamic relationship between performance and painting since 1950. Contrasting key paintings by Jackson Pollock and David Hockney, the exhibition considers two different approaches to the idea of the canvas as an arena in which to act: one gestural, the other one theatrical. The paintings of the Vienna Actionists or the Shooting Pictures of Niki de St Phalle will be re-presented within the performance context that they were made, and juxtaposed with works by artists such as Cindy Sherman or Jack Smith that used the face and body as a surface, often using make-up in work dealing with gender role-play. The exhibition proposes a new way of looking at the work of a number of younger artists whose approach to painting is energised by these diverse historical sources, drawing upon action painting, drag and the idea of the stage set.

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Tate Shots: Lucy McKenzie in A Bigger Splash 

TateShots: Yves Klein – Anthropometries

Some films in this exhibition include scenes of an adult nature. For further information please contact the gallery by emailing visiting.modern@tate.org.uk or calling 0207 887 8888