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What's on at Tate Modern in 2024

Updated: Feb 25

It's the most visited contemporary art gallery in the world, with over 3.8 million visitors walking through the doors in 2022. That also makes it the fourth most visited art museum — covering any period — on the planet. So it's no wonder you want to find out what Tate Modern's 2024 exhibitions are.

The gallery on the South Bank of the Thames is planning a packed programme of blockbuster shows in 2024. The subjects are eclectic, meaning it'll be even more of a go-to destination for art lovers in London this year.

Here's what's on right now, and what you've got to look forward to.

Capturing the Moment

Now open — until 28 April 2024

An exhibition examining the relationship between photography and painting, it features some of the most iconic and world-famous artworks of the twentieth century. From the expressive paintings of Pablo Picasso and Paula Rego, to striking photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Jeff Wall, visitors discover how the two distinct mediums have shaped each other over time.

The show is a rare opportunity to see in the UK the extraordinary works from Taiwan's YAGEO Foundation Collection. There's paintings by Francis Bacon, Gerhard Richter and Peter Doig and photographs by Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky and Hiroshi Sugimoto, shown in dialogue with many recent additions to Tate’s collection, including works by Lorna Simpson, John Currin, Laura Owens, Michael Armitage and Louise Lawler.

Other key works by Lisa Brice, Miriam Cahn, Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, David Hockney and Paulina Olowska show yet more ways in which the style, composition, content and meaning of contemporary painting exists in dialogue with photography.

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Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms

Now open — until 28 April 2024

This display of two of the globally-renowned artist's Infinity Mirror Rooms has been open for nearly three years, but Tate promises it will finally close for good in April 2024. A smash hit ever since it opened, visitors have flocked to experience these immersive installations — and to capture it for the 'gram.

Guests step into Kusama’s unique vision of endless reflections. Chandelier of Grief is a room which creates the illusion of a boundless universe of rotating crystal chandeliers while Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life is one of Kusama’s largest installations to date and was made for her 2012 retrospective at Tate Modern. It features coloured lights and reflective pools of water.

Now open — until 1 September 2024

A huge career retrospective of the famous conceptual and performance artist is now open at Tate Modern. Spanning seven decades, it features all the key moments that have made Ono a globally-recognised name.

Renowned for her activism, as well as her campaigns for world peace and a better environment, the show has been conceived in close collaboration with Ono’s studio. It's the largest exhibition celebrating the ground-breaking artist ever held in the UK, and the reviews of the Tate Modern show have been broadly positive.

Over 200 artworks make up the show — and many of them offer opportunities to interact with them. There's 'instruction pieces' — where visitors are asked via written instructions to imagine, experience, make or complete the artwork — as well as installations, films, scores, music and photography. Ono's London years are at the heart of the exhibition.

Yoko Ono sitting crossed legged on the floor surrounded by furniture cut in half
Yoko Ono, Half-A-Room, from Half – A Wind Show at Lisson Gallery London Photo by Clay Perry ©Yoko Ono

Another major highlight is the show's big finale: a new iteration of Ono's 2004 work My Mommy Is Beautiful which consists of a 15-metre-long wall of canvases that visitors can attach photographs of their own mothers, as well as sharing personal thoughts and feelings.

Opens 25 April until 20 Oct 2024

The Blue Rider Group — also known as Der Blaue Reiter — were a circle of artist friends and close collaborators. They were founded in Munich in 1911 by Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, and they all shared an interest in expressing a spiritual dimension in painting. They experimented with colour, sound and light, and they created bold and vibrant works. Together they wanted to transform modern art, which is why they are the subject of a major show at Tate Modern in the spring of 2024.

Painting of. woman wearing a large hat looking at the viewer
Gabriele Münter Portrait of Marianne Werefkin 1909 Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus © DACS 2023

30 works by The Blue Rider circle go on show. Visitors will experience a collection of masterpieces from paintings, sculpture, and photography to performance and sound. It's a huge collaboration with the German gallery Lenbachhaus in Munich who have offered Tate unprecedented access to their collection. The artworks which will go on show in London will be the first time they've been brought together in the UK in 80 years.

Opens 6 June 2024 and runs until 26 January 2026

Acclaimed photographer Zanele Muholi is getting a major career retrospective at Tate Modern — in what is actually a second attempt. The first iteration of this show was massively curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic at the end of 2020.

This second incarnation promises to be even bigger, and to include new works produced in the intervening three years. In total over 260 photographs will go on display, representing the full breadth of the artist’s career to date.

Muholi describes themself as a visual activist. From the early 2000s, they have documented and celebrated the lives of South Africa’s Black lesbian, gay, trans, queer and intersex communities.

A number of Muholi’s key photographic series will be highlights of this exhibition. These include the early series Only Half the Picture, and Faces and Phases, where each participant looks directly at the camera, challenging the viewer to hold their gaze.

Other key series of works include Brave Beauties, which celebrates empowered non-binary people and trans women, many of whom have won Miss Gay Beauty pageants, and Being, a series of tender images of couples which challenge stereotypes and taboos.

Opens 27 June 2024 until 27 Apr 2025

The immersive artworks of English-born, US-based artist Anthony McCall come to Tate Modern in what's being described as a 'focused' exhibition.

Seen as a pioneer of film environments — and most famous for his ‘solid-light’ installations — McCall is now 77 years old. His exhibition will let visitors enter and explore his huge artworks, which are mostly created from a thin mist pierced by slowly evolving planes of projected light.

A major highlight will be Anthony McCall's first ever 'solid-light’ installation: Line Describing a Cone. Created in 1973, the 30-minute-long work tests the boundaries between cinema and sculpture and takes the form of a projected white dot that slowly grows to fill the dark space with a cone of light. It immerses its audience members in its field.

Opens 3 October 2024 until 9 March 2025

An entire career-spanning exhibition on the American artist Mike Kelley will show how the artist produced provocative art from the 1970s until his death aged 57 in 2012. The art world celebrated him, praising his unsettling multimedia work, which often used installation, performance and music. And despite his artwork appearing in galleries around the globe, there’s never been a major exhibition dedicated to him in Britain before.

A grid montage of mugshots of soft toys
Mike Kelley, Ahh...Youth! 1991. © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All Rights Reserved / VAGA at ARS, NY

Drawing on references from popular and underground culture, literature, and philosophy, Kelley explored how the roles we play in society are entangled with historical fact and imaginary characters from the films and images we consume. The exhibition will bring together his diverse body of experimental and performance pieces: from sculptures made with plush toys to multi-media installations set to music such as Day Is Done.

Opens 28 November 2024 until 1 June 2025

Tate Modern are really building anticipation for this show — they are saying it will be one of the "most ambitious exhibitions" they've ever held. It will celebrate the early innovators of optical, kinetic, programmed and digital art, who pioneered a new era of immersive sensory installations and automatically-generated works.

With a focus on art produced between the 1950s and 1980s — from the birth of op art to the dawn of cybernetics — it will bring together groundbreaking works by a wide range of international artists who engaged with science, technology and material innovation.


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