BMW and Tate formed a partnership in 2012 with a shared vision of bringing performance art to the forefront of the museum.
Tate Modern has been presenting live performance since 2003 but the objective behind BMW Tate Live was to progress the programme by creating a platform for innovation and a stage for emotion, learning to appreciate the transformational impact of new ideas and ensuring accessibility for audiences.
The shared vision of the programme is to spark curiosity by creating revolutionary and innovative live performance experiences.
The programme has three strands of activity:
- Performance Room is a series of performances commissioned and conceived exclusively for the online space and are broadcast live across the web
- Performance Events offer the chance to experience new performance works live at Tate Modern
- Talks presents a series of events exploring themes and concepts around live performance.
BMW Tate Live has become a recognised programme across the live performance art network worldwide and has so far worked with 40 artists and 11 major arts institutions.
The programme has been commended for its innovation and has been awarded a prestigious Webby Award for live event webcast.
Since the first performance room 15 brand new online commissions have been created for BMW Tate Live with another 4 across 2015. Over 165,000 people have viewed performance room and it has reached 90 countries worldwide. Over 330,000 people have attended a performance event and or Talk event and over 72,000 people have watched the documentary films online.
About BMW Group’s Cultural Commitment
For almost 50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and engaged in over 100 cultural cooperations worldwide. The company places the main focus of its long-term commitment on contemporary and modern art, classical music and jazz as well as architecture and design.
In 1972, three large-scale paintings were created by the artist Gerhard Richter specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group’s Munich headquarters. Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Barenboim, Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have co-operated with BMW. Currently, female artist Cao Fei from China and American John Baldessari are creating the next two vehicles for the BMW Art Car Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate Live, the BMW Art Journey and the “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich and London, the company also partners with leading museums and art fairs as well as orchestras and opera houses around the world.
The BMW Group takes absolute creative freedom in all its cultural activities – as this initiative is as essential for producing groundbreaking artistic work as it is for major innovations in a successful business.
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Experience a performance between strangers
A live exploration of artworks that questions the museum as a permanent collection
Join a participatory performance exploring time
A chance to see the first performance work to enter the Tate collection
Two mounted police officers patrol the museum space, guiding and controlling the audience
Experience improvised performance with ten instruments
Discover an unexpected situation inserted into the museum