Tate have announced their 2020 programme, and it’s crammed full of exciting exhibitions.
Yes, I know we’re barely halfway through this year, but it’s hard not to look ahead when you’ve seen the artsy talent Tate have got lined up for 2020. Spanning the four galleries (Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool, and Tate St Ives), the newly-revealed programme spans Baroque classics to fiercely modern works – with the London galleries particularly blessed with top art.
By the time 2020 rolls around, Tate Britain will already have their Winter Commission in new place – although it’s anyone’s guess whether it can top this year’s illuminated slugs. Their landmark exhibit for spring is Baroque in Britain: an in-depth look at British art in the Baroque age, ranging from the Restoration in 1660, up until the death of Queen Anne in 1714. Beginning on February 5th, 2020, expect epic portraits, architectural gems, and sweeping landscapes.
Retrospectives of gifted Victorian maverick Aubrey Beardsley and protrait pro Lynette Yiadom-Boakye will follow, along with an exploration of modern Britain through documentary photographs. But easily the most-anticipated exhibition at Tate Britain this year is Turner and the Modern World (arriving October 28th), revealing JMW Turner’s fascination with industry. In fact, 2020 is a big year for Turner, as he’ll take his place on the £20 note next summer.
Across the river at Tate Modern, there’s an equally hyped arrival. From March 12th, 2020, the unforgettable Pop Art of Andy Warhol will be in residence, with his famed images of Marilyn Monroe and Campell’s Soup Cans amongst the highlights. Throw in some largely unseen paintings from the 1970s, and his work in experimental media forms, and you’ve got 2020’s must-see exhibition.
Doubling down on Tate Modern’s excellent year is a major exhibition of artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen, drawing mostly on his immersive video and film installations. Meanwhile, shows dedicated to artist-activist Zanele Muholi, the woven sculptures of Magdalena Abakanowicz, and the subversive works of Bruce Nauman will also arrive. Oh, and there’s the small matter of the Turbine Hall commission and a major Auguste Rodin exhibit (following last year’s show at the British Museum) to contend with too. Blimey, that’s a whole lot of art!
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