A “spine” of 75 interactive screens, curving through the centre of Tate Modern and accompanied by a Drawing Bar where the public can create and show their artworks, are among Tate’s plans for a distinctly digital 2014, as well as exhibitions devoted to Richard Hamilton, Henri Matisse, Richard Deacon and British Folk Art.
Tate’s annual report and outline for the year revealed record numbers through the doors of Tate Modern last year, attracting 5.5 million people. A major Damien Hirst show was the venue’s most popular ever for a solo artist, with more than 463,000 visitors, while the Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde display was Tate Britain’s second-most popular exhibition of all time.
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A total of almost eight million people went to Tate’s four galleries, and its digital success – 13.6 million visitors made its website the most popular for a UK gallery – has informed the Bloomberg Connects project, featuring Global Studios, in which artists will invite the public into their studios through a virtual realm, and handheld digital tours of the collection.
“In the coming years we need to devote as much attention to the digital as we have given recently to the physical expansion and improvement of our buildings,” said Director Nicholas Serota.
“Bloomberg Connects encourages the creativity which exists within each one of us and recognises the importance of dialogue.”
The scheme takes its name from Michael R Bloomberg, the New York City Mayor who is providing much of its backing.
“Engaging with the arts can happen in any number of ways,” he said, pronouncing himself “honoured” to support Tate.
“Technology has the capacity to make the museum experience more personal and powerful than ever.”
At Tate Liverpool, a Piet Mondrian exhibition next June will focus on the links the artist made between painting and architecture following his move to Paris in 1911. The gallery welcomed more than 620,000 people during the year, giving an £8 million boost to the local economy.
One lucky team, company or individual will win Tate’s new IK Prize for digital engagement, chosen by a jury including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
And the BP Art Exchange Project – a “social platform” connecting schools, galleries, artists and cultural groups – will have an international focus.
Tate acquired 502 works during the past year, spending more than £23 million.
Tate’s 2014 exhibition line-up:
February 5 – April 27 2014
Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain
February 28 – May 11 2014
February 13 – May 26 2014
May 20 – August 10 2014
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
April 17 – September 7 2014
British Folk Art
June 10 – September 7 2014
Mondrian and his Studios: Abstraction into the World
June 6 – October 5 2014
June 6 – October 5 2014
Late Turner: Painting Set Free
September 10 2014 – January 25 2015
David Tremlett Drawing for Free Thinking
Until December 31 2016
DLA Piper Series: Constellations
Constellations 1960 – the present: Until June 2014
Constellations 1900 – 1960: Throughout 2014
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