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Tate Announces 2017 Exhibitions

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Tate announces its 2017 exhibition line-up. Among the highlights will be the major retrospectives of Alberto Giacometti, Wolfgang Tillmans and Rachel Whiteread.

Tate Modern
Following his Turner Prize win in 2000 and a Tate Britain show in 2003, Wolfgang Tillmans will present a survey of his work spanning four decades to the present day. This will include striking photography, video, publications and music – and a ten day takeover of the South Tank in the new Switch House.
Alongside this, we celebrate Alberto Giacometti, the master of figures and form; fifty years after Tate first showed his work. The show will present the bronze sculptures he is most famous for, as well as previously unseen plasters, oil paintings and drawings.
The season of modernist greats will culminate in an exhibition of works by Italian artist Amadeo Modigliani, known most for his nudes and elongated portraits. The exhibition will place Modigliani’s work in dialogue with artworks by his contemporaries.
As Tate widens its focus to international movements and centres of creativity, many of its exhibitions will examine life in Russia, Turkey and America through very different lenses. Spanning the period 1963–83, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power will explore how the category ‘Black Art’ was defined, rejected and redefined by artists. The show will shine a bright light on the vital contribution of black artists to a crucial period in American art.
Tate Modern will also show the work of one of the most influential female Turkish artists, Fahrelnissa Zeid. The exhibition will examine the evolution of her figurative and abstract works, which she developed in Europe during the post-war period.
2017 will mark the centenary of the October Revolution, which caused a wave of innovation and design in Russia. With rarely seen posters and photographs Red Star Over Russia will explore how Russian and Soviet artists created a unique visual identity over five decades, from the first revolution of 1905 to the death of Stalin in 1953. Meanwhile the work of Russian contemporary artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov will be explored in a career-spanning retrospective.

Tate Britain
Down the river at Millbank, the most extensive survey of David Hockney’s work to date will open in February, as he approaches his 80th Birthday. Visitors will journey through Hockney’s vibrant explorations of different mediums; painting, photography, video and drawing – including landscapes which have never been exhibited before.
Autumn will see Rachel Whiteread present new works alongside sculpture and installation from her 30-year career as a central figure in British art. The exhibition will explore her important contribution to the medium.
In April, to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality, Queer British Art looks at artists working in Britain in the period 1861–1967, tackling issues of gender and sexuality through painting and sculpture, that remain as relevant today as when the works were first made.
Monet, Pissarro and Tissot’s interpretations of British culture and society will be among the works on display in The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile. This exhibition will be the first large-scale examination of the remarkable art that came from French artists who sought exile in London during and after the Franco-Prussian War.

Tate St Ives
The Tate St Ives project, to expand, improve and transform the gallery, will be completed in autumn 2017. Their spring season of two exhibitions will focus on the ceramics studio, the ocean and the landscape: That Continuous Thing: Artists & the Ceramics Studio, 1920 Today and Jessica Warboys.

Wolfgang Tillmans
Tate Modern: Exhibition
15 February – 11 June 2017

Queer British Art
Tate Britain: Exhibition
5 April – 1 October 2017

Tate Modern: Exhibition
9 May – 10 September 2017

The EY Exhibition Impressionists in London
Tate Britain: Exhibition
2 November 2017 – 29 April 2018

My Art Guides Editorial Team

  • David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1971. Private Collection © David Hockney David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1971. Private Collection © David Hockney
  • Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of a Girl, c. 1917 Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of a Girl, c. 1917

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