16 – 25 March 2018
Tate Modern, The Tanks

In partnership with BMW
Joan Jonas (b.1936), Mirage 1976 Photo credit: Benjamin Blackwell  © 2017 Joan Jonas : Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York : DACS, London

Joan Jonas (b.1936), Mirage 1976 Photo credit: Benjamin Blackwell

© 2017 Joan Jonas : Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York : DACS, London

Tate Modern stages its second annual BMW Tate Live Exhibition this month in the atmospheric subterranean Tanks. Joan Jonas, a pioneer of performance art, is this year’s focus coinciding with a major survey of her work in the galleries above. Unfolding over ten days and six nights, BMW Tate Live Exhibition 2018 showcases Jonas’s performances and installations including ground-breaking works not staged for 40 years. Her work is presented in dialogue with an intergenerational selection of artists – including Jason Moran, Mark Leckey, Sylvia Palacios Whitman, Jumana Emil Abboud and patten – demonstrating her lasting legacy and powerful impact on contemporary artists today.

Throughout the exhibition’s ten days, visitors are invited to explore a series of installations in the Tanks. These include Joan Jonas’s acclaimed installation Reanimation, a spellbinding environment made from projected footage of Arctic landscapes and light refracted through dozens of hanging crystals. Two early sculptural works by Jonas, Cones/May Windows (After Mirage) 1976 and Stage Sets 1977, are also displayed alongside the video of a newly-preserved 16mm print of Wind 1968. Jonas’s interest in myth-making and mystery is echoed in A Happy Ending III: Tate Tales 2018, a new commission in the Tanks foyer by Jumana Emil Abboud drawing on Palestinian folklore and fairy tales and animated each day with live storytellers.

The six night programme will open with Jonas performing live with her long-time collaborator, celebrated Jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran. The third and fourth nights will be dedicated to three seminal performances from a formative period in Jonas’s career: Mirror Check, Mirror Piece II and Mirage, the latter performed by Jonas herself for the first time since 1980. The final weekend will focus on Chilean-American artist Sylvia Palacios Whitman, a peer of Jonas who also came to prominence in New York in the 1970s. She will perform for the first time in the UK and will debut a new collaboration with photographer Christopher Rauschenberg, son of legendary experimental artist Robert Rauschenberg. Their presentation on Friday 23 March will be followed by an immersive audio visual performance by London based duo patten. The final night will feature a chanted sound piece by Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey made in collaboration with members of Tate Collective and building on his work Exorcising the Bridge, as well as a DJ set by the artist.

In addition to the ticketed evening programme, there will be free daytime performances of Jonas’s Mirror Piece II, and at low tide, from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 March, the exhibition will extend onto the banks of the Thames for a newly reconfigured version of Jonas’s performance Delay Delay (London Version) 2018, an outdoor ritual which will play out on Bankside’s shoreline.

The exhibition follows the success of last year’s inaugural BMW Tate Live Exhibition, which welcomed tens of thousands of visitors. Part of Tate Modern’s ongoing performance programme in partnership with BMW, the first Ten Days Six Nights broke new ground for the exhibition format with an ever-changing programme of installations and live performances. Taking place in the Tanks, the world’s first museum spaces dedicated to performance, film and installation, as well as on the new terrace above, it included a fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya, and a host of one-off performances and screenings.

BMW Tate Live Exhibition 2018: Ten Days Six Nights is curated by Catherine Wood, Senior Curator of International Art (Performance), Isabella Maidment, Assistant Curator of Performance and Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator of International Art (Film).

About BMW Tate Live

BMW Tate Live is a major international partnership between BMW and Tate, which aims to foreground the pivotal role of live experimentation in art history and among artists working today. The programme has now showcased over 50 artists including both emerging and more familiar figures from across the world. It began in 2012 with the world’s first performance programme created for live online broadcast, which went on to showcase 19 artists, including Joan Jonas in February 2013. The programme later evolved into an ongoing series of public performances in and around Tate Modern. As performance took on an increasingly key role in Tate Modern’s vision for the future of the museum, the first annual BMW Tate Live Exhibition was opened in the Tanks in 2017. For further information, please visit tate.org.uk/bmwtatelive

Graeme Grieve, Chief Executive Officer BMW Group UK and Ireland said:

‘BMW is proud of its long relationship with Tate Modern and especially in the evolution of BMW Tate Live, launched in its well-received new format last year. It is particularly exciting that Joan Jonas will take centre stage, amongst an array of cutting-edge performance artists, having featured in one of our BMW Tate Live Performance Room events back in 2013. We are delighted to join forces with Tate again this year for what I am sure will be another memorable event.’

About BMW’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. In 2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from China and American John Baldessari created 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. For further information, please visit www.bmwgroup.com/culture and www.bmwgroup.com/culture/overview.

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