Yes, but why?: How Himid is rewriting history

Find out about this Turner Prize winning artist through three of her artworks

Talking Point

Van Gogh: Challenging the Myth of the 'Tortured Genius'

Understand Van Gogh's mental health through a new perspective


Yes, but why?: How Haring used art for good

Discover three ways in which his art changed the world

Artists In the Collection

Art Terms

Find definitions of over 400 terms, including art movements, styles and techniques

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Surrealism was a movement which began in the 1920s of writers and artists (including Salvador Dalí and René Magritte), who experimented with ways of unleashing the subconscious

Identity politics

Identity politics is the term used to describe an anti-authoritarian political and cultural movement that gained prominence in the USA and Europe in the mid-1980s, asking questions about identity, repression, inequality and injustice and often focusing on the experience of marginalised groups


Impressionism developed in France in the nineteenth century and is based on the practice of painting out of doors and spontaneously ‘on the spot’ rather than in a studio from sketches. Main impressionist subjects were landscapes and scenes of everyday life


The Pre-Raphaelites were a secret society of young artists (and one writer), founded in London in 1848. They were opposed to the Royal Academy’s promotion of the ideal as exemplified in the work of Raphael


Allegory in art is when the subject of the artwork, or the various elements that form the composition, is used to symbolize a deeper moral or spiritual meaning such as life, death, love, virtue, justice etc.


Three-dimensional art made by one of four basic processes: carving, modelling, casting, constructing

Memento mori

A memento mori is an artwork designed to remind the viewer of their mortality and of the shortness and fragility of human life

Pop art

Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the 1950s and flourished in the 1960s in America and Britain, drawing inspiration from sources in popular and commercial culture such as advertising, Hollywood movies and pop music. Key pop artists include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake and David Hockney


Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic that combines science-fiction, history and fantasy to explore the African-American experience and aims to connect those from the black diaspora with their forgotten African ancestry


Collage describes both the technique and the resulting work of art in which pieces of paper, photographs, fabric and other ephemera are arranged and stuck down onto a supporting surface

Art In The Collection

Dante Gabriel Rossetti Ecce Ancilla Domini! (The Annunciation)


Michelangelo Pistoletto Venus of the Rags

1967, 1974



Introducing Kiluanji Kia Henda

Meet the Angolan artist working with photography, video and performance


Goshka Macuga: 'The magic is the unknown'

The Polish artist is known for taking on the role of curator and archivist

Talking Point

Why I Love: Richard Dadd's The Flight out of Egypt

Hear our staff talk about their favourite artworks


Dayanita Singh: 'I use photography to transform space’

The photographer explains how her photography books are like sculptures

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Talking Point

Where do art and migration meet?

What does art have to say about migration and belonging? Step into the shoes of artists, migrants, and makers as ...


Getting to know Lubaina Himid

Discover more about the artist's work, inspirations and advice for younger artists


Artist Meets: Loyle Carner x Barney Artist

We asked four Tate Collective collaborators to introduce us to an emerging artist they admire

Artist stories

Yes, but why?: How Kusama paved the way for art today

Discover three ways in which she revolutionised the art world

Yes, but why?: How Eliasson is changing our perceptions

Discover three ways in which he used art to create a new world view

Yes, but why?: How Muholi is rediscovering beauty

Explore this visual-activist's practice through three photographic series

Yes, but why?: How Himid is rewriting history

Find out about this Turner Prize winning artist through three of her artworks

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Tate Papers

Decolonising Nigerian Modernism: Ben Enwonwu’s ‘Identity in Politics’

Bea Gassmann de Sousa

The personal archive of the celebrated Nigerian modernist painter Ben Enwonwu (1917–1994) reveals his understanding of the effects of colonialism ...

Tate Papers

What Would Tutuola Do?

Emmanuel Iduma

Amos Tutuola (1920–1997) was a self-taught writer who began his career by recording Yoruba folktales and rewriting them in Nigerian ...

Behind The Scenes

A Short Film on the Cleaning Modern Oil Paints Project

Watch how conservators and scientists approach the challenges of cleaning 20th- and 21st-century oil paintings
Tate Papers

The Value of Values: Reflections on Tate Exchange

Anna Cutler

This paper aims to explore the frames of practice that were constructed or improvised in Tate Exchange over its first ...