Tate has announced today that the new Tate Modern will open to the public on Friday 17 June 2016. Created by world-leading architects Herzog and de Meuron, it will be the most important new cultural building to open in the UK for almost twenty years. Tate Modern opened to the public in May 2000. Located in the former Bankside Power Station, it is the world’s most popular museum of modern and contemporary art, attracting around 5 million visitors each year.
The new Tate Modern will be unveiled with a complete re-hang, bringing together much-loved works from the collection with new acquisitions made for the nation. With 60% more display space, the world’s most popular gallery of modern art will now feature over 250 artists from around 50 countries. It will reveal how art has evolved from the studios and salons where modernism was born to the live, interactive and socially-engaged projects happening around the world today. Iconic works by major 20th century figures, such as Pablo Picasso, Joseph Beuys and Mark Rothko, will join artists introduced to the public by Tate Modern, including Saloua Raouda Choucair (b.1916, Lebanon), Meschac Gaba (b.1961, Benin) and Cildo Meireles (b.1948, Brazil). Many new acquisitions will also be shown here for the first time in 2016, from an installation of human hair and car bumpers by Sheela Gowda (b.1957, India), to a room full of giant burlap sacks by Magdalena Abakanowicz (b.1930, Poland), to an immersive multi-screen film by Cannes prize-winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b.1970, Thailand).
Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate said “The new Tate Modern is an instrument that will allow us to offer a rich variety of experiences to visitors and opportunities to artists for different kinds of presentation of their work.”
Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern said “Art is one of the most dynamic and engaged forms of human behavior, and when people step into a museum today, they don’t want to step out of their life, they want to get closer to it. The new Tate Modern will be so much more than a container for art, it will be a platform for human encounters.”
The Turbine Hall will become the heart of the new Tate Modern, with the existing 6-storey Boiler House on one side and the new 10-storey Switch House rising above the Tanks on the other. The new Switch House is now structurally complete, with work focusing on the interior fit-out and the unique brick facade. It will offer a spectacular variety of spaces for visitors and for art, from the raw industrial Tanks to a panoramic roof terrace overlooking the London skyline. There will also be new urban spaces to the south and west of the building, completing the site’s transformation from a closed, industrial ruin to an open, public space.