Tate Britain Exhibition

Conceptual Art in Britain 1964–1979

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See the works that changed the way we think about art today

In the 1960s artists began to abandon traditional approaches and made ideas the essence of their work. This fascinating exhibition explores this pivotal period in British history.

It gathers together artists who took art beyond its traditional boundaries to suggest new ways of engaging with the realities of the world beyond the studio, which ultimately led to a questioning of the function and social purpose of art.

The radical and controversial work both scrutinised and consistently took inspiration from the real world. Asking what art is, as well as what it might be for, inevitably led some artists to create work that was often politically engaged with themes and issues ranging from feminism to the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Seen within the context of its time, spanning Harold Wilson’s first Labour government to the election of Margaret Thatcher, this show reveals conceptual art’s lasting legacy.

Artists featured within the show include, among others: Keith ArnattArt & LanguageConrad AtkinsonVictor BurginMichael Craig-MartinHamish FultonMargaret HarrisonSusan HillerJohn HilliardMary KellyJohn LathamRichard LongBruce McLeanDavid Tremlett and Stephen Willats.

Watch Conceptual art group Art & Language discuss the influence of Frank Stella (and their surprising popularity with selfie-takers…).

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Tate Britain

London SW1P 4RG
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12 April – 29 August 2016

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