Hyundai Commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

Hyundai Motor and Tate have just announced a major long-term partnership, the longest initial commitment from a corporate sponsor in Tate’s history. Commencing in Autumn 2015 and confirmed until 2025, the partnership will enable Tate Modern to begin The Hyundai Commission, a series of contemporary site-specific installations in the museum’s iconic Turbine Hall.

This collaboration is based on Tate and Hyundai’s commitment to sharing worldwide innovation and creativity. Since opening in 2000, Tate’s Turbine Hall has showcased some of the world’s most acclaimed works of contemporary art in its vast industrial space, changing the ways art is displayed today. The Hyundai Commission will allow artists to create new work for this unique context.

To start with, Hyundai has collaborated with Tate’s Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee to improve the museum’s Asian art collection. Acquired pieces include nine key works by South Korean artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006), who is often considered the pioneer of video art.

This announcement also coincides with the completion of the new bridge across the top of the Turbine Hall. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the bridge connects the Tate Modern’s fourth floor galleries to the new building being developed in the south. Open to the public starting 2016, this project will offer unparalleled new views of the Hyundai Commission and the Turbine Hall.

Turbine Hall at Tate Modern

by Louise Lui

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