New Tate Coming Soon

Friday, April 15, 2016
New Tate Coming Soon

The new extension of the Tate Modern is due to open this coming June, following years of planning and anticipation.

New Tate Coming Soon

The new extension of the Tate Modern is due to open this coming June, following years of planning and anticipation.

The redesign of this influential institution was placed in the hands of architects Herzog and de Meuron, who have been working on the redevelopment of the original brick building (designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott) since the mid-90s. 

The “New Tate” as some call it, seeks to determine the pace and presentation of contemporary art for years to come. Although the media focus has largely been directed towards the new building, the project is not only about creating “new spaces for new art”, but also about setting up the groundwork for “new ways of engaging with art”, and “new futures”. The latter, according to the Tate Modern website, refers to the engagement of the Tate not only to the art world, but also to the immediate environment and its communities. 

This community-conscious attitude is made more evident with the announcement that a group of schoolchildren from across the UK will be the first to visit the new Tate on its opening day, June 17th. In addition, the spaces that will be made available for performance art and installation, and the promise of more work by women artists, also point towards an all-inclusive approach.  

As the expectations for the new Tate rise, the time until the opening grows shorter. With just two months to go, it is surprising to learn that £30m are still needed to cover the overall renovation costs. Nonetheless, the project seems to already be considered a success, counting on the backing of art-world powerhouses such as Tracey Emin and Ai Wei Wei, among others. 
 

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