December 01, 2020

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New phase of ARTIST ROOMS will tour to over thirty UK venues

The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) and Tate announced today that Phyllida Barlow will be the fortieth artist to join the ARTIST ROOMS collection. Her first ARTIST ROOMS work, gifted by the artist, is untitled: upturnedhouse, 2, made in 2012, which goes on display at Tate Modern from 14 January 2016.

It was also announced today that the first artist to be shown as part of the first dedicated ARTIST ROOMS gallery in the new Tate Modern will be Louise Bourgeois, opening on 17 June 2016.

Begun in 2008 through the exceptional generosity of Anthony d’Offay, ARTIST ROOMS originally comprised the work of thirty-two international contemporary artists. Since then, Artist Rooms Foundation has added rooms by Louise Bourgeois, Martin Creed, Dan Flavin, Douglas Gordon, Don McCullin, August Sander and Roy Lichtenstein. Now, this important work by Barlow – a large, boldly-painted structure – joins the unique collection.

This summer will also see the first showing of an extraordinary group of more than 100 drawings by the German artist, Joseph Beuys, from the ARTIST ROOMS collection. The exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art will cover the whole of the artist’s career from 1945 to the end of his life, reflecting his encyclopaedic interest in nature, science, philosophy, mythology, society, politics and religion.

So far, ARTIST ROOMS have been shown in seventy-six museums and galleries nationwide and 143 displays and exhibitions have opened since 2009. These have been seen by well over thirty-nine million people to date. We are delighted that Arts Council England and the Art Fund have committed to continue to support the ARTIST ROOMS on Tour for a further three years and details of the venues will be announced in due course.

Now in its eighth successful year, the new phase of the tour will embrace more than thirty UK venues which will present exhibitions and displays from the collection over a three-year period, starting with Roy Lichtenstein at Wolverhampton Art Gallery in autumn 2016. The Lichtenstein works, newly added to the ARTIST ROOMS collection, were displayed at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh in 2015, and this will be their first showing as part of ARTIST ROOMS at an Associate venue.


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