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Shape of Light 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

​Antony Cairns, LDN5_051 2017 © Courtesy of the artist Antony Cairns

For the first time, Tate Modern tells the intertwined stories of photography and abstract art

The birth of abstract art and the invention of photography were both defining moments in modern visual culture, but these two stories are often told separately.

Shape of Light is the first major exhibition to explore the relationship between the two, spanning the century from the 1910s to the present day. It brings to life the innovation and originality of photographers over this period, and shows how they responded and contributed to the development of abstraction.

Key photographs are brought together from pioneers including Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz, major contemporary artists such as Barbara Kasten and Thomas Ruff, right up to exciting new work by Antony Cairns, Maya Rochat and Daisuke Yokota, made especially for the exhibition.

Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG
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2 May – 14 October 2018


£16 FREE for Members

Admission £18 (£16 Advance booking)

Concession £17 (£15 Advance booking)

Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)

Family tickets available (two adults and two children 12–18 years) by telephone or in the gallery

See Shape of Light and The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 (until 9 Sep) for £32 with a combined ticket. Offer bookable via The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 exhibition page

School groups must be booked in advance

Tickets can be booked online or by telephone on +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (9.45-18.00 daily)

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