ART LOVERS rejoice. The Tate is set to open all four of its galleries on July 27. Once again, people will be able to visit the national collection of art that is on display at the Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives – featuring hundreds of artworks from across the centuries and worldwide.
Following the most recent government advice, the Tate will be managing numbers to ensure safety while viewing. All visitors, including Members, will be required to book a timed-ticket online in advance, which will be available on their website next week.
“We’re all looking forward to welcoming visitors back to Tate. Art and culture play vital roles in our lives, and many of us have been craving that irreplaceable feeling of being face-to-face with a great work of art. Our number one priority remains that everyone stays safe and well, so we will continue to monitor the situation in the weeks ahead, work closely with Government and colleagues, and make all the changes necessary for a safe reopening,” said Maria Balshaw, Director of the Tate.
All four Tate Galleries
As well as the usual displays, each gallery will open with a new exhibition — the Tate Modern will reopen with Andy Warhol and Kara Walker’s Hyundai Commission Fons Americanus, the Tate Britain with Aubrey Beardsley and Steve McQueen’s Year 3 installation, the Tate Liverpool will unveil new work by Mikhail Karikis, and the Tate St Ives will reopen the Naum Gabo exhibition.
As a result of the unforeseen closure due to the pandemic, the Tate Galleries’ upcoming exhibition programme has been modified, with some exhibitions being rescheduled to 2021. As for talks, workshops, performances and film screenings, they will be replaced with a new programme of online events for the duration of this year.
So, if you find staring at artwork through a screen tedious, make sure you book your place at one of the Tate Galleries next week and indulge in various tangible works of art.
by Molly Denton