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Tate announced 2021 Exhibition Highlights

Tate today announced highlights of its programme for 2021, including solo exhibitions of Philip GustonPetrit Halilaj, Lubaina HimidYayoi KusamaPaula RegoAuguste Rodin and Sophie Taeuber-Arp. The year will also see newly commissioned works by Heather PhillipsonEmily Speed and Anicka Yi, as well as landmark exhibitions exploring Britain’s relationship with the Caribbean and Hogarth’s depictions of 18th century life.

Image credit: Sophie Taeuber-Arp Composition of Circles and Overlapping Angles 1930. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Riklis Collection of McCrory Corporation

Autumn 2020

As announced last week, this autumn will see Turner’s Modern World and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at Tate Britain, Zanele Muholi and Bruce Nauman at Tate Modern, Don McCullin at Tate Liverpool, and Haegue Yang at Tate St Ives.

In addition, Tate Modern confirmed this week that its Andy Warhol exhibition will be extended for two more months and will now close on 15 November 2020, and that Ed Ruscha’s current ARTIST ROOMS display will be extended to July 2021. Tate Britain also announced that its annual Winter Commission will be undertaken by Chila Kumari Burman, opening for Diwali on 14 November 2020. The gallery’s ongoing Art Now series of contemporary exhibitions will return with Cooking Sections on 27 November 2020, and a new display to mark the 50th anniversary of Tate Archive will open on 12 October 2020. Tate Liverpool announced new dates for its upcoming Aliza Nisenbaum exhibition, which will now open on 15 December 2020, and will include a new commission that depicts key workers from the city.

Spring 2021

The spring season will begin at Tate Modern with a retrospective of one of America’s greatest modern painters, Philip Guston. Over a 50-year career, Guston bridged the personal and the political, the abstract and the figurative, the humorous and the tragic, creating some of the most influential paintings of the late 20th century. This will be followed by a rare chance to experience two of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms, immersive installations that transport the viewer into the artist’s unique vision of endless reflections.

The annual Tate Britain Commission will be unveiled in March, created this year by Heather Phillipson. Coinciding with her project for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, Phillipson’s work will transform the Duveen Galleries with a spectacular and other-worldly installation. Tate Liverpool will also host new installations in the spring as part of the Liverpool Biennial, the UK’s largest festival of contemporary art.

Summer 2021

Paula Rego, the acclaimed Portuguese-British artist of extraordinary imaginative power, will be the subject of a retrospective at Tate Britain in the summer. Rego has played a key role in redefining contemporary figurative art, particularly with her uncompromising representation of women. It will run alongside Hope. Struggle. Change: Photographing Britain and the World 1945-79bringing together 300 powerful documentary photographs that tell the story of modern Britain, from conflicts and interventions abroad to migration and civil rights movements at home.

Tate Modern will celebrate two groundbreaking figures in modern art with major exhibitions. The EY Exhibition: The Making of Rodin will reveal Auguste Rodin as a radical artist, whose highly experimental works modelled in clay and plaster broke with century-long traditions and inaugurated a new age of sculpture. Sophie Taeuber-Arp will showcase the multidisciplinary work of one of the foremost abstract artists and designers of the 1920s and 30s, who challenged the boundaries between traditional crafts and modern art.

Tate Liverpool will also open a year-long free In Focus display of Lucian Freud’s paintings and prints. This will run alongside a major new project by artist Emily Speed, who was selected through Tate Liverpool’s inaugural Art North West open call. Tate St Ives will open a new exhibition by Kosovar artist Petrit Halilaj, whose installations explore cultural heritage and memory, often featuring animal forms that act as metaphors for transformation and discovery.

Autumn 2021

In the autumn, Anicka Yi’s Hyundai Commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall will continue her ongoing exploration of the links between art and science and her use of unorthodox and experimental materials. Also at Tate Modern, a theatrical exhibition by the Turner Prize winning artist Lubaina Himid will include recent work alongside highlights from across her influential career, often exploring overlooked and invisible aspects of social history and contemporary life.

Tate Britain will open two major group exhibitions exploring art’s connections to wider social and cultural history. Hogarth and Europe will show how 18th century urban life was captured by William Hogarth in London alongside his contemporaries in Paris, Amsterdam and Venice. The exhibition will bring to life a vivid world of opportunity and enlightenment as well as materialism and exploitation. Britain and the Caribbean will be a landmark group exhibition spanning half a century, celebrating artists from the Caribbean who made their home in Britain, alongside later British artists who have made work addressing Caribbean themes and heritage.


Andy Warhol
Until 15 November 2020, Tate Modern
Presented in The Eyal Ofer Galleries. In partnership with Bank of America. With additional support from the Andy Warhol Exhibition Supporters Circle, Tate Americas Foundation, Tate International Council, Tate Patrons and Tate Members. Organised by Tate Modern and Museum Ludwig, Cologne in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and Denver Art Museum

Until 18 July 2021, Tate Modern
The ARTIST ROOMS collection and national programme is managed by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland with the support of Art Fund, Henry Moore Foundation and the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Creative Scotland. The collection was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008 with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments

Tate Archive is 50: A journey through the world’s largest archive of British art
12 October 2020 – Autumn 2021, Tate Britain
Presented in the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Archive Gallery

Tate Britain Winter Commission: Chila Kumari Burman
14 November 2020 – 31 January 2021, Tate Britain

Art Now: Cooking Sections
27 November 2020 – 28 February 2021, Tate Britain
Supported by the Art Now Supporters Circle and the Tate Americas Foundation

Aliza Nisenbaum
15 December 2020 – 27 June 2021, Tate Liverpool
Supported by The Tate Liverpool Commissioning Circle, the Embassy of Mexico in the United Kingdom and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation

Philip Guston
4 February – 31 May 2021, Tate Modern
Presented in The Eyal Ofer Galleries. Supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, with additional support from the Guston Exhibition Supporters Circle and Tate Patrons. Organised by Tate Modern, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Tate Britain Commission: Heather Phillipson
22 March – 10 October 2021, Tate Britain
Supported by the Tate Britain Commission: Heather Phillipson Supporters Circle

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms
Spring 2021 – Spring 2022, Tate Modern

Liverpool Biennial
20 March – 6 July 2021, Tate Liverpool

Petrit Halilaj
May – October 2021, Tate St Ives
Supported by Tate Members

The EY Exhibition: The Making of Rodin
6 May – 10 October 2021, Tate Modern
Part of The EY Tate Arts Partnership, with additional support from Tate Patrons. Organised by Tate Modern and Musée Rodin, Paris

Hope. Struggle. Change: Photographing Britain and the World 1945-79
12 May – 26 September 2021, Tate Britain
Supported by Tate International Council and Tate Patrons

Paula Rego
16 June – 24 October 2021, Tate Britain
Supported by Tate Patrons

Sophie Taeuber-Arp
15 July – 17 October 2021, Tate Modern
Presented in The Eyal Ofer Galleries. Supported by Tate Members. Organised by Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern Art, and Kunstmuseum Basel

Lucian Freud In Focus
6 July 2021 – 16 January 2022, Tate Liverpool

Emily Speed
5 August – 17 October, Tate Liverpool
Supported by the Brian Mercer Charitable Trust and the Art North West Supporters Group

Hyundai Commission: Anicka Yi
5 October 2021 – 9 January 2022, Tate Modern
In partnership with Hyundai Motor

Hogarth and Europe
3 November 2021 – 20 March 2022, Tate Britain
Supported by Tate Patrons

Lubaina Himid
24 November 2021 – 22 May 2022, Tate Modern

Britain and the Caribbean
1 December 2021 – 3 April 2022, Tate Britain
Supported by the Britain and the Caribbean Exhibition Supporters Circle, Tate Patrons and Tate Members