Tate Research Centre: Asia – Displays and Exhibitions

The research programme at Tate Research Centre: Asia actively contributes to the acquisition, collection and display of Asian art at Tate. 

Currently on display


Between Object and Architecture
Tate Modern Switch House

The works in this display create a dialogue with the materials and spaces of contemporary architecture. The titular room includes works by Rasheed Araeen, Yayoi Kusama, Liu Jianhua, David Medalla and Li Yuan-chia.

Yayoi Kusama The Passing Winter 2005 © Yayo Kusama courtesy Victoria Miro Gallery, London

Yayoi Kusama
The Passing Winter
Photo: © James Deavin
Courtesy Victoria Miro Gallery, London
© Yayoi Kusama

Performer and Participant
Tate Modern Blavatnik Building

Discover how artists working between the 1960s and the 1990s opened up new spaces for participation. Rooms include Charles Atlas and Shunk-Kender Archive – which displays photographs of Yayoi Kusama’s naked ‘happenings’ of the 1960s – and Song Dong.

Start Gallery
Tate Modern Boiler House

This display provides an introduction to some of the best-loved artworks in the Tate collection, in addition to some new acquisitions, including collages by the Indian artist Benode Behari Mukherjee.

In the Studio
Tate Modern Boiler House

This display investigates the processes artists use to make artworks, and how audience responses shape them. Rooms include: Composing for the Camera, which displays photographs by Shikanosuke Yagaki and Iwao Yamawaki; International Surrealism, which presents photographs by Lionel Wendt alongside surrealist artworks made by the Paris-based group; The Disappearing Figure: Art after Catastrophe, which features paintings by Kim Ku-lim and Tsuyoshi Maekawa; and Painting with White, which showcases work by Li Yuan-chia and Shozo Shimamoto.

Media Networks
Tate Modern Boiler House

Including a diverse range of techniques and materials – from posters and paint to analogue and digital technology – this display raises questions around feminism, consumerism and the cult of celebrity. Media Networks includes rooms dedicated to monographic displays of both Nam June Paik and Yutaka Takanashi.

Installation shot showing strings of black human hair draping from the walls and ceiling in a gallery space at Tate Modern

Sheela Gowda
Behold 2009
Installation shot at Tate Modern

Materials and Objects
Tate Modern Boiler House

The Materials and Objects display looks at the inventive ways in which artists around the world use diverse materials. Taking its title from the 1970 Tokyo Biennale, the room A View from Tokyo: Between Man and Matter, brings together works by artists who featured in the original exhibition, including sculptures by Jiro Takamatsu, Noriyuki Haraguchi, Lee Ufan and Susumu Koshimizu. The display also features Sheela Gowda’s large-scale installation Behold 2009, which consists of two contrasting materials, steel car bumpers and knotted human hair.

BP Spotlight: Anwar Shemza
Tate Britain

This is a display of works by pioneering painter Anwar Jalal Shemza, which were created after Shemza moved to London from Lahore in 1956. Shemza’s arrival in Britain marks a turning point in his practice; these paintings fuse calligraphy and aspects of Islamic architecture with Western abstraction.

Past displays and exhibitions

Painting called 'American Survey Officer' consiting of three men standing and chatting at the bottom of a tropical jungle scene

Bhupen Khakhar
American Survey Officer 1969
Kiran Nadar Museum of Art 

Bhupen Khakhar
Tate Modern: Exhibition
1 June – 6 November 2016
Renowned for his unique figurative style and incisive observations of class and sexuality, Bhupen Khakhar (1934–2003) played a central role in modern Indian art and was a key international figure in 20th-century painting. Bringing together Khakhar’s work from across five decades and collections around the world for the first time since his death, this is a unique opportunity to discover his extraordinary work and inspirational story. This exhibition was curated by Nada Raza, Research Curator, Tate Research Centre: Asia.

Cao Fei, still from Whose Utopia 2006

Cao Fei
still from Whose Utopia 2006
video, projection, colour and sound, 19min 58sec
© Cao Fei, courtesy Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou 

Cao Fei
1 October 2014 – 27 September 2015
Tate Modern: Display
Cao Fei’s Whose Utopia?2006 contrasts the humdrum reality of life in a lighting factory with the dreams and aspirations of its younger workers at a time of economic growth and social change in China.

Nam June Paik
Tate Liverpool: Exhibition
17 December 2010 – 13 March 2011
Video artist, performance artist, composer and visionary: Nam June Paik (1932–2006) was one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century. In 2011, Tate Liverpool, in collaboration with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) presented the first major retrospective since the artist’s death, and the first exhibition of Paik’s work in the UK since 1988.