Tate Modern Performance

BMW Tate Live

Spark your curiosity with this series of revolutionary and innovative live performances


Tate Modern has been presenting live performance since 2003 but the objective behind BMW Tate Live was to progress the programme by creating a platform for innovation and a stage for emotion, learning to appreciate the transformational impact of new ideas and ensuring accessibility for audiences.

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The programme has 3 strands of activity:

  • Performance Room is a series of performances commissioned and conceived exclusively for the online space and are broadcast live across the web
  • Performance Events offer the chance to experience new performance works live at Tate Modern
  • Talks presents a series of events exploring themes and concepts around live performance.

BMW Tate Live has become a recognised programme across the live performance art network worldwide and has so far worked with 40 artists and 11 major arts institutions.


Setting records

Cally Spooner And You Were Wonderful, On Stage
Cally Spooner And You Were Wonderful, On Stage, 2014. As part of BMW Tate Live, Tate Britain. Photo: Oliver Cowling for Tate Photography © Tate, London 2014

The programme has been commended for its innovation and has been awarded a prestigious Webby Award for live event webcast.

Since the first performance room 15 brand new online commissions have been created for BMW Tate Live with another 4 across 2015. Over 165,000 people have viewed performance room and it has reached 90 countries worldwide. Over 330,000 people have attended a performance event and or Talk event and over 72,000 people have watched the documentary films online.


About BMW Group’s Cultural Commitment

Public warm up with Boris Charmatz. As part of BMW Tate Live: If Tate Modern was Musée de la danse? Tate Modern.  Photograph © Tate, 2015

Public warm up with Boris Charmatz. As part of BMW Tate Live: If Tate Modern was Musée de la danse? Tate Modern.  Photograph © Tate, 2015

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. Currently, female artist Cao Fei from China and American John Baldessari are creating 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.

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2018 Programme

Tate Modern Exhibition

BMW Tate Live Exhibition 2018: Ten Days Six Nights

16–25 Mar 2018

Tate Modern’s innovative live exhibition returns for ten days and six nights of free and ticketed performances and installations

2017 Programme

Tate Modern Talk

Remaking the world: experiences from design and performance

27 Feb 2017

Explore how performance can shape the way we live with technology and design

Tate Modern Exhibition

BMW Tate Live Exhibition 2017: Ten Days Six Nights

24 Mar – 2 Apr 2017

In March 2017, The Tanks housed ten days of performance, film, sound and dance

2016 Programme

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