London - Exhibition

Hyundai Commission: Kara Walker

Tate Modern

02 Oct 201905 Apr 2020

Artist Kara Walker undertakes the Hyundai Motor commission for the year 2019, intervening in the setting of the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, London.

The New-York based painter’s artistic practice, ranging from drawings, prints and murals to large-scale installations, mainly deals with topics related to race, gender, sexuality and violence. Between her most significative pieces, her black cut-paper silhouetted figures, part of complex installations referencing the history of slavery in the US.

Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern said: “Kara Walker fearlessly tackles some of the most complex issues we face today. Her work addresses history and identity with a powerful directness, but also with great understanding, nuance and wit”.

The intervention by Walker is the fifth Hyundai Commission, born from the long-term partnership between Tate and Hyundai Motor to invite contemporary artists to interact with the unique industrial setting of the Turbine Hall. The site-specific installation by Kara Walker will be on view from October 2, 2019, to April 5, 2020.



  • Kara Walker © Ari MarcopoulosKara Walker © Ari Marcopoulos

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Special Events

Destination: London
Where: Tate Modern
Type: Opening
Admission: VIP Card

Opening Reception and Private View

Contacts & Details

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Free, except for special exhibitions


5000 m2

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Bankside London, SE1 9TG United Kingdom