Tate Modern Special

To celebrate the new Tate Modern opening – have you been yet? – la Fée Culturelle went through her archives of blog posts on exhibitions at Tate Modern since 2012. Flashback on shows from Matisse to Hirst! Read (again) about 18 exhibitions at Tate Modern:

Henri Matisse Blue Nude (II) 1952 Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Droits réservés © Succession Henri Matisse / DACS 2013

Mona Hatoum (2016)

Grater, nails, slicer, strainer, electric current, cages: works by Mona Hatoum (b. 1952 in Beirut) appear hostile. Hatoum was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to a Palestinian family, although her works have universal relevance. Read more

Performing for the Camera (2016)

Simon Baker curated ‘Performing for the Camera’, an unusual photography exhibition studying the relationship between photography and performance. The manifest theme of the exhibition is photography documenting performance. Read more 

The World Goes Pop (2015-16)

Tate Modern holds another pop art exhibition: The World Goes Pop, looking at the global story of pop art. No Warhol and no Lichtenstein though, this Tate Modern show looks at pop art globally. Read more 

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden (2015)

Marlene Dumas always paints from photographs, recalling Francis Bacon in my view. Co-curator insisted on the role of Dumas as an artist interpreting images and her responsibility in choosing images. Read more 

Sonia Delaunay (2015)

Did Sonia Delaunay sacrifice her career for Robert? She and her husband developed Simultanism, following chemist Michel Eugène Chevreul’s colour theory. Sonia didn’t break out as a painter in her own right until after Robert’s death. Read more 

Malevich (2014)

Tate Modern wanted to tell three stories: (i) Malevich as a founding figure of abstract art, but who returns to figurative art; (ii) the artist against the backdrop of Russia’s historical and political events; and (iii) unravelling the myth of Malevich and his Black Square. Read more 

Richard Hamilton (2014)

Pop art is often regarded as an art movement that developed in the late 50s in the US. This is true but it is the British artist Richard Hamilton who is the founder of pop art. Tate Modern shows Hamilton as versatile, humorous, political, pop, abstract, surrealist, and a Duchamp-ion. Read more 

Meschac Gaba: Museum of Contemporary African Art (2013); Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist (2013)

El-Salahi’s opening painting reminded me of Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon. Then, I saw very different styles: from precise ink lines in his early career, to which he will come back later, to the use of calligraphy. Benin artist Meschac Gaba first set up his museum in Amsterdam, then recreated in several institutions. The result is an eclectic mix of rooms, themes, and objects. Read more 

Lichtenstein: A Retrospective (2013)

I could probably stand out by saying I didn’t like the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the Tate Modern; but I did. The retrospective of 125 paintings and sculptures is a complete survey of Lichtenstein’s transformation of popular culture into fine art. Read more 

William Klein + Daido Moriyama (2012-13)

William Klein is an American photographer, filmmaker, and graphic designer born and raised in New York. His photographs show a city not by its key monuments, rather by its people. Japanese artist Daido Moriyama was influenced by William Klein as well as Warhol in his fascination with consumerism, death, and prints in series. Read more 

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (2014)

Matisse was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 1941 and the cut-outs were his recovery “companions “, allowing him to make artworks despite his limited mobility. Matisse’s book Jazz (1947) was the artist’s first true foray into the paper-cutting technique. Read more 

Harry Callahan (2013-14)

A self-taught artist, Harry Callahan decided to start photography after attending a workshop run by Ansel Adams. Callahan was also influenced by Moholy-Nagy, a Bauhaus professor, as well as Rodchenko, a Russian constructivist artist, photographer, and graphic designer. Read more 

Paul Klee – Making Visible (2013-14)

Paul Klee was born in 1879, around the same time as cubists Picasso and Braque. Klee’s first works date from 1912, when his friend Kandinsky started with abstraction in Munich. Some of his works appeared to me to echo traces of psychological or emotional disturbance. Read more 

Mira Schendel (2013-14)

Mira Schendel was born in Switzerland, studied art in Italy and emigrated to Brazil in 1949. Her work on texture and the use of various materials was a highlight. She added sand to her paintings, painted on coarse jute and rice paper, and made sculptures of rice paper. Read more 

Saloua Raouda Choucair (2013)

Saloua Raouda Choucair is a pioneer of abstract art in the Middle East, active in the Beirut art scene from the 1940s. Choucair’s works display little of her Lebanese background though. The only trace of Lebanon is a damaged painting by a bombing raid in the 1980 civil war. Read more 

A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance (2012-13)

“A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance” plays down performance art (in the sense of a live artistic event), instead recognizing gestural and theatrical acts on canvas. The exhibition aims to take a new look at the relationship between performance and painting since 1950. Read more

Edward Munch: The Modern Eye (2012)

Munch exhibition was titled ‘Edward Munch: The Modern Eye’ to highlight the artist’s fascination with and inspiration by modern life, and away from his image as a symbolic painter and his association with despair as the painter of the iconic Scream. Read more 

Damien Hirst (2012)

My first impressions of Damien Hirst were from his Sotheby’s sale in 2008, which was in itself a mini-scandal as he bypassed art galleries and sold directly 200+ works directly via the auction house. I thought of him less as an art rebel and more of an astute marketer. Read more 


Roy Lichtenstein, Oh, Jeff…I Love You, Too…But… 1964 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2012

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