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London is the centrepiece for Tate’s spectacular Turbine Hall exhibition on Global Cities

London is the centrepiece for Tate’s spectacular Turbine Hall exhibition on Global Cities: Press related to past exhibition.

Tate Modern  Turbine Hall
20 June – 27 August 2007

Global Cities, a major free exhibition examining recent changes in ten global cities - Cairo, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, and Tokyo – will be presented in a spectacular installation in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern from 20 June–27 August 2007. Organised by Tate in association with the la Biennale di Venezia, the exhibition is sponsored by Land Securities in association with Savills and Derwent London.

The show will feature newly commissioned work by leading international artists and architects Nigel Coates, Zaha Hadid & Patrik Schumacher, Fritz Haeg, OMA*AMO/Rem Koolhaas, Nils Norman and Richard Wentworth inspired by the social, cultural and physical dimensions of London. To complement the other city data are more than twenty works by artists and architects Atelier Bow Wow, Hüseyin Alptekin, Francis Alys, Laurence Bonvin, Osman Bozkurt, Hala Elkoussy, Kendell Geers, Dryden Goodwin, Andreas Gursky, Naoya Hatakeyama, Francesco Jodice, Eva Koch, Maha Maamoun, Neutral, Scott Peterman, Melanie Smith, Dean Sameshima, Guy Tillim, Paromita Vohra and Yang Zhenzhong.

Global Cities has been developed from the show that was the centrepiece of the 10th International Venice Architecture Biennale where it attracted over 130,000 visitors, making it the most popular Architecture Biennale to date. The exhibition at Tate Modern will use London as a concrete point of reference and comparison with the other nine cities. The exhibition’s Turbine Hall installation has been specially designed by Pentagram.

The exhibition addresses major issues facing some of the most influential urban centres around the world: from migration to mobility, from social integration to sustainable growth. It explores five themes: size, speed, density, form and diversity and draws upon comparative socio-economic and geographic data assembled by researchers at the London School of Economics.

To complement these data, the exhibition at Tate incorporates a wide range of existing visual art works in the media of video and photography that present subjective interpretations of urban conditions in each of the ten cities. The artists’ and architects’ commissions, which are being produced especially for the exhibition in the Turbine Hall, will respond to the local context of London and in some cases of Southwark.

With over half the world’s population now living in urban areas, cities increasingly lie at the centre of public debate, cultural speculation and media attention. A century ago only 10% of the planet lived in cities; by 2050 up to 75% of the world’s population of 8 billion will be living in urban areas, many of them concentrated in the developing regions of Asia and Africa. The shape, size and structure of exploding mega-cities like Mumbai, Shanghai, Mexico City, Istanbul or Cairo affects not only the lives of millions of new urban dwellers, but also the health and sustainability of the planet given that large cities contribute to over 75% of the world’s CO2 emissions. Cities are stronger today as centres of economic, social and cultural exchange than they ever have been, acting as crucibles of creativity, economic growth and social encounter.

The exhibition will act as a platform for debate, both informally and through series of public programmes. ‘Debate London,’ the Architecture Foundation’s series of four discussions about the current state of the UK’s cosmopolitan capital will take place the weekend 22-25 June and a programme of film screenings will take place on Sunday evenings over the course of the summer.

Land Securities
Land Securities is the UK’s leading real estate investment trust. The company’s national portfolio of commercial property, worth many billions of pounds, includes some of Britain’s best-known shopping centres, such as the Birmingham Bullring and Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, as well as London landmarks such as the Piccadilly Lights and Westminster City Hall. Land Securities is leading urban renaissance through a billion pound development programme, transforming Exeter, Bristol and Cardiff city centres as well as key sites in Central London. Land Securities is also one of the leading names in property outsourcing and through urban community development is involved in long-term, large-scale regeneration projects in the southeast.

Savills plc is a leading international property services company with a full listing on the London Stock Exchange. The company has undergone dynamic growth in recent years establishing itself as a powerful player on the international stage with offices and associates throughout the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa.

Savills is the trading name for the property service subsidiaries of Savills plc, which advise on commercial, rural, residential, and leisure properties. Other services include corporate finance advice, fund management and a range of property related financial services.

Derwent London
The merger of Derwent Valley Holdings and London Merchant Securities took place on 1st February 2007, creating Derwent London plc, a leading central London office specialist with a combined portfolio valued at over £2.5 billion, of which the majority is located in central London. A design-led award-winning property company with a reputation for high quality contemporary architecture and innovative refurbishment. The company works closely with leading and emerging architects to create imaginative solutions to enhance its projects. The group invests mainly in the West End but also in those newly improving locations where it perceives future value, bringing quality working environments to people and contributing to London’s regeneration.