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Tate Exhibitions December 2008
UBS Openings: Saturday Live Late at Tate Britain Tate Britain Christmas Tree By Bob and Roberta Smith Francis Bacon Rothko Cildo Meireles Turner Prize 2008 The Fifth Floor: Ideas Taking Space Heimo Zobernig and the Tate Collection See all exhibitions FREE as a Tate Member
Cildo Meireles, Eureka / Blindhotland, 1970–5
Tate Online together with BT Orla Barry. 'The Scavenger's Daughters' rehearsal view, STUK arts centre © The artist Orla Barry 'The Scavenger's Daughters' rehearsal view, STUK arts centre, Leuven © The artist
NEWS UBS Openings: Saturday Live Orla Barry Saturday 13 December, 2008 20.30-22.00
Orla Barry's performance 'The Scavenger's Daughters' is an ambiguous portrait of two sisters. This epic text weaves together three monologues, constantly failing to form a narrative dialogue. Enhancing the fragile quality of the raw voice, Barry's poetic writing and theatrical performance reveal a fictional narrative which explore intimate relationships, enclosed feelings and the inability to communicate, providing a unique spatial and visual experience of language.
Opening up art Tate Modern Collection with UBS Beaconsfield
NEWS Late at Tate Britain Friday 5 December 2008 18.00-22.00
Vauxhall's best kept secret Beaconsfield, a creative art laboratory, curate Late at Tate Britain this month. Bringing together an eclectic mix of live art and music, Beaconsfield transform Tate Britain's transitory gallery locations into a surreal space.
Don't miss half-price entry to Francis Bacon before the exhibition closes on 4 January 2009. Tate Britain © Matt Stuart
NEWS Tate Britain Christmas Tree By Bob and Roberta Smith 5 December 2008 - 4 January 2009 Tate Britain, Rotunda Admission free
Each year Tate Britain invites a leading contemporary artist to create a Christmas tree. This year Bob and Roberta Smith, in collaboration with Electric Pedals, have chosen to create a tree using recycled timber, bicycles and lamps. So come to Tate Britain and you could get actively involved in this imaginative and celebratory art work. Francis Bacon, Triptych – August 1972 , 1972 Francis Bacon Triptych - August 1972 1972 Tate © Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2008
Exhibition Francis Bacon Tate Britain Until 4 January 2009
This is your last chance to see this spectacular exhibition of Francis Bacon's greatest works. Bacon is one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century and this incredible show brings together the best and most important paintings from throughout his turbulent life. Bacon is world-famous for his distorted images of people and animals, often splattered with paint, displaying raw emotion and considered to be some of the most powerful images in art.
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Media Partner: The Observer Mark Rothko, Red on Maroon, 1959 Mark Rothko Red on Maroon 1959 Tate © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko RS, NY and DACS, London 2007
Exhibition Rothko Tate Modern Until 1 February 2009
Don't leave it until the last minute! Tate Modern's iconic 'Rothko Room' paintings are reunited with works from Japan and the US in the biggest exhibition of Rothko's work in the UK for 20 years. The artist's beautiful paintings, composed of luminous, soft-edged rectangles and saturated colour, are among the most enduring and mysterious created by an artist in modern times.
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With additional support from Access Industries
With a donation from The Dedalus Foundation, New York
Media Partner: The Times Cildo Meireles, Eureka / Blindhotland, 1970–5 Cildo Meireles Eureka / Blindhotland 1970-5 Tate © Cildo Meireles
Exhibition Cildo Meireles Tate Modern Until 11 January 2009
Cildo Meireles is one of the leaders of the international development of conceptual art. This Brazilian artist has made some of the most politically telling, aesthetically seductive and philosophically intriguing works in recent art. His objects and atmospheric installations from the late 1960s onwards never fail to surprise, ranging in scale from tiny works to vast installations covering 225m squared. This major retrospective presents a powerful and intriguing tour of his most memorable works.
Supported by the Cildo Meireles Exhibition Supporters Group with additional support from Galerie Lelong, New York; Galeria Luisa Strina and The Henry Moore Foundation
If you enjoyed this, you will enjoy Amazonia at the Young Vic. Music, dance, laughter and adventure... Christmas Brazilian style!
Amazônia, at the Young Vic theatre from 27 November 'Spectacular first-rate Christmas fare' - Daily Telegraph For everyone 7 and over
See the Amazônia website for more details. Runa Islam, First Day of Spring, 2005 Runa Islam First Day of Spring 2005 courtesy Jay Jopling / White Cube (London) © The artist
Exhibition Turner Prize 2008 Tate Britain Until 18 January 2009
The Turner Prize 08 is announced at Tate Britain and on Channel 4 News on 1 December. See the exhibition and judge for yourself who should win this years prize. Shortlisted artists:
Runa Islam, known for her carefully choreographed films that are both analytical and emotionally charged Mark Leckey, who uses sculpture, film, sound and performance to communicate his fascination with contemporary culture Goshka Macuga, whose form of 'cultural archaeology' uses work by artists past and present in new dramatic environments Cathy Wilkes, who uses arrangements of commonplace objects and materials in her sculptures to explore issues of femininity
Media Partner: The Guardian Supported by the Tate Patrons Paul Rooney, La Décision Doypack, 2008 Paul Rooney La Décision Doypack 2008 © Paul Rooney
Exhibition The Fifth Floor: Ideas Taking Space Tate Liverpool 16 December - 1 February Admission free
To mark the end of Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture, Tate Liverpool presents a ground-breaking exhibition of contemporary art. Tate asked 1000 people across Liverpool what kind of exhibition they would like to experience. Responding to their ideas, leading international artists have created major new works in a range of media including video, photography, sculpture and drawing.
Supported by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. With additional support from Tate Liverpool Members and the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Heimo Zobernig, Installation view Neue Galerie, Graz 1993, © Archive HZ Heimo Zobernig, Installation view Neue Galerie, Graz 1993, © Archive HZ
Exhibition Heimo Zobernig and the Tate Collection Tate St Ives Until 11 January 2009
This is the first UK exhibition by Austrian artist Heimo Zobernig. One of the most significant artists working in Europe today, this exhibition mixes Zobernig's works with art works from the Tate Collection, including artists such as Pablo Picasso, Carl Andre, Henry Moore, Oskar Kokoschka, Marcel Duchamp and Kurt Schwitters.
Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation, Tate St Ives Members and Tate Members with additional support from the Austrian Cultural Forum London. All current Tate exhibitions Tate Calendar Visiting Tate
Credit for top image: Cildo Meireles Eureka / Blindhotland 1970–5 Tate © Cildo Meireles