BP Walk through British Art: Spring displays at Tate Britain
Bed 1980-1 Tate
© Antony Gormley
This spring, Tate Britain unveils a refresh of the BP Walk through British Art, a chronological display of the national collection of British Art from the 1500s to the present day. Featuring Antony Gormley, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor and Jane and Louise Wilson, the new displays include recent acquisitions on show for the first time as part of the collection alongside some of Tate’s most loved works.
Highlights from the new displays include Antony Gormley’s celebrated early workBed 1980-1 in which a double mattress made from slices of bread features two eaten away impressions of the artist’s body. This is shown alongside Anish Kapoor’s Adam 1988-9, a sandstone block with a carved out interior saturated with dark blue pigment. Other works from the collection on display include: Luke Fildes, The Doctor exhibited 1891; David Hockney, Tea Painting in an Illusionistic Style 1961;F.N. Souza, Crucifixion 1959; John Latham, Film Star 1960; Gilbert & George, England 1980; Prunella Clough, Wire and Demolition 1982; Paula Rego, Nanny, Small Bears and Bogeyman 1982 and Richard Long, Red Slate Circle 1988.
A wide range of recent acquisitions are on show for the first time at Tate Britain, demonstrating Tate’s commitment to enriching the collection with a regular review of the past as well as collecting the work of contemporary British artists. Highlights include Magda Cordell, No. 12 1960, Billy Apple, Relation of Aesthetic Choice to Life Activity (Function) of the Subject1961–2, Roy Ascott, Video-Roget 1962; Martine Franck, Princess Anne’s Wedding, Parliament Square1973; Stephen Willats, The Twin Towers1977; Alexis Hunter, Approach to Fear XIII: Pain – Destruction of Cause 1977; Rose Finn-Kelcey, The Magpie’s Box 1977 and Shelagh Cluett,Flux III1979.
Major acquisitions of works from the past decade are also presented for the first time at Tate Britain including Martin Boyce’s hanging mobile Suspended Fall2005, Jane and Louise Wilson’s series of black and white photographs Blind Landings (H-bomb Test Site, Orford Ness) 2013 and Nicholas Pope’s installation of ceramic figures, Liar Liar 2008-9.
The BP Walk through British Art opened in May 2013 at Tate Britain. This display of the national collection of British art presents around 500 artworks over a newly configured sequence of over 20 galleries as a continuous chronological display – a walk through time from the 1500s to the present day.