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Modern Conversations & Haegue Yang

a person stands to look at art in a gallery space


© Rikard Österlund 

Explore the twentieth-century stories of modern artists and the town of St Ives

This one-way route guides you through the Modern Conversations displays, taking in spectacular views out onto Porthmeor beach, followed by the exhibition Strange Attractors by celebrated South Korean artist Haegue Yang.

You can visit all or some of the galleries on this route, as long as you follow the one-way system designed to keep all visitors safe. There is also access to toilets and changing facilities, and to the Tate St Ives shop and cafe.

Modern Conversations explores 100 years of art, celebrating how West Cornwall has welcomed and inspired artists and revealing new connections to artists from around the world.

The displays spotlight five key artists associated with the modern art networks of St Ives and West Cornwall: Alfred Wallis (1855–1942), Marlow Moss (1889–1958), Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975), Partou Zia (1958–2008) and Bob Law (1934–2004). Shown in dialogue with works by other 20th and 21st century artists from Cornwall and around the globe. The displays will unravel the stories and legacies of modern art in St Ives and beyond. Modern Conversations will exhibit painting, sculpture, ceramics, film, and photography side by side, spanning decades and continents.

Between the two halves of the collection display is the exhibition Strange Attractors. Bringing together new and existing works spanning installation, sculpture, drawing, collage and painting by Haegue Yang. Renowned for creating immersive environments from a diverse range of materials, Yang's sculptures and installations often use industrially made objects, interwoven with labour-intensive and craft-based processes.

These processes reflect pagan cultures and their deep connection with various seasonal rituals in relation to natural phenomena. The context of St Ives, and the Cornish landscape and its ancient archaeological heritage are important points of inspiration.

There is one entrance to Tate St Ives from Porthmeor Beach. This has a ramp and a flight of steps with a handrail.

  • There is lift access and level access to most areas of the gallery
  • Accessible toilets are located on the third floor at Tate St Ives close to Gallery 6

For more information before your visit:

Email visiting.stives@tate.org.uk

Call +44 (0)173 679 6226

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Visitor numbers are being carefully managed to ensure that your visit is as safe and comfortable as possible. There are increased cleaning regimes in high use areas and protective screens on desks and counters. We are only accepting card or contactless payments and have installed hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery.

When you visit please:

Keep your distance from others,Follow the one-way route,Act on any guidance our team may give you,Limit your party to six people or two households only

All visitors are required to wear face coverings in our galleries, apart from those who are exempt. Not all exemptions are visible so please be understanding of others.

Most importantly if you are feeling unwell, help keep everyone safe by staying at home.

For more information take a look through our frequently asked questions.

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
Plan your visit

Dates

Ongoing

Tickets for this collection route include access to the Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors exhibition

Pricing

  • Timed tickets must be booked online before visiting
  • All visitors, including Members and Local's Pass holders, need to book a ticket

See Booking and Ticketing FAQs

Displays in this route

Artwork highlights