Tate unveils season, confident of expansion funds

Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:20am EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Britain's Tate museums will present shows on Gauguin, Picasso and Henry Moore in the coming season, as well as exhibitions featuring cartoons, CCTV footage and black artists' influence on modernism.

The four museums -- two in London and one in Liverpool and St. Ives, Cornwall -- will be hoping that a mixture of established names and less well-known artists will keep visitors coming during tough economic times.

And despite slow progress in securing funds, Tate Modern, the largest gallery of the four housed in an old power station in the capital, hopes to have its 215 million pound ($355 million) expansion ready in 2012, the year of the Olympic Games.

Among the shows likely to earn the tag "blockbuster" in 2010 is that dedicated to French painter Paul Gauguin, which Tate Modern director Vicente Todoli said would challenge people's assumptions and underline the artist's role as a storyteller.

The show will run from September 30, 2010 to January 16, 2011, opening shortly after "Exposure" at the same gallery between May 28 and September 19 next year.

The exhibition will examine "surreptitious" photography and the balance between intrusive images and the power of individuals to control them. Todoli expects Exposure to feature CCTV footage and images taken by mobile phones.

At Tate Liverpool, "Picasso: Peace and Freedom" (May 21-August 30, 2010) will look at the artist's role as political activist and campaigner for peace after World War Two.

Henry Moore's works will be on display at Tate Britain in London from February 24 - August 15, 2010, focusing on his career between the 1920s and 1960s, and at Tate St. Ives, British artists Dexter Dalwood and Peter Lanyon have separate shows.   Continued...