Tate to reopen all its galleries on 27th July

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Tate today announced that it plans to reopen all four of its galleries on 27 July 2020.

People will once again be able to visit the national collection of art on display at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives, featuring hundreds of artworks from across the centuries and around the world. 

Guided by the latest official advice, Tate is currently working hard on its preparations to welcome the public back to its galleries. To manage numbers and ensure everyone can keep a safe distance from each other, all visitors, including Members, will need to book a timed ticket online in advance.

Tickets will be available from next week at tate.org.uk alongside the latest information and guidance on how to visit. Visitors can follow Tate’s social media or register for email updates to hear details as and when they are confirmed. 

As well as the collection displays at all four Tate galleries, Tate Modern will reopen with Andy Warhol and Kara Walker’s Hyundai Commission Fons Americanus.

Tate Britain will reopen with Aubrey Beardsley and Steve McQueen’s Year 3 installation. Tate Liverpool will unveil new work by Mikhail Karikis, and Tate St Ives will reopen the Naum Gabo exhibition. 

Maria Balshaw, Director, Tate said: “We’re all looking forward to welcoming visitors back to Tate. Art and culture play vital roles in our lives, and many of us have been craving that irreplaceable feeling of being face-to-face with a great work of art. Our number one priority remains that everyone stays safe and well, so we will continue to monitor the situation in the weeks ahead, work closely with Government and colleagues, and make all the changes necessary for a safe reopening.” 

Lionel Barber, Chair, Tate said: “My fellow trustees and I are very grateful to Tate’s dedicated staff for making this reopening possible. They have found countless new and creative ways to engage our audiences while we were closed, and they are now ensuring our world-leading collection and exhibitions can once again be seen in person. The role of our national cultural institutions feels more vital today than ever before.” 

As a result of the closure, some of Tate’s upcoming exhibition programme has been modified. This autumn, Tate Britain will open Turner’s Modern World and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, while Tate Modern will open Zanele Muholi and Bruce Nauman.

The autumn will also see Tate Liverpool open Don McCullin and Tate St Ives open Haegue Yang. Some exhibitions have been rescheduled to 2021, with new dates to be announced in due course. Talks, workshops, performances and film screenings will be replaced with a new programme of online events for the duration of this year. 

Helen Legg, Director Tate Liverpool, said: “We are excited to be bringing the much-anticipated Don McCullin exhibition to Liverpool in the autumn and to be able to extend it well into 2021 so visitors have a longer chance to immerse themselves in his extraordinary images. It is also wonderful to reopen the gallery with a new commission, Ferocious Love, by Mikhail Karikis, who worked with young people to explore themes of community and togetherness as we step into a changing and uncertain future. Commissioned before the pandemic, it could not be more resonant in this moment.”

IMAGE CREDIT: Ugo Rondinone, Liverpool Mountain, 2018 
Installation view at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool Photo by Rob Battersby.

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