Museums at Night 2010: No Soul For Sale at Tate Modern

By Kirstie Brewer | 13 May 2010
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Museums at Night 2010: No Soul for Sale, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, May 14-16 2010

Tate Modern has turned 10 and, to celebrate, will stage No Soul For Sale, a free global arts festival. A wealth of independent and underground artists from Shanghai to Prague will fill the famous Turbine Hall with an eclectic mix of cutting-edge arts events, performances, music and film.

The brainchild of artist Maurizio Cattelan and curators Cecilia Alemani and Massimiliano Gioni, No Soul For Sale promises an extraordinary experience, bringing an anarchic, tongue-in-check sensibility to the world's most visited gallery of modern art.

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No Soul for Sale will feature cutting-edge arts events, performances, music and film

The gallery will stay open until midnight on Friday and Saturday for late night performances from acts including Thurston Moore and Eva Prinz, DJ Spooky, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Temperatures, Jeffrey Lewis, Long Meg and Martin Creed and his band.

"The most challenging and exciting aspect will be the layout – there won't be walls or partitions, so artists will perform alongside each other, transforming the Turbine Hall into a gigantic chess board, or a pop up village of global art," says Alemani.

The idea is to foster a spirit of independence and diversity – the organisations taking part will respond to the invitation with a range of unique, off-the-wall projects, building on the participatory spirit of previous Turbine Hall commissions.

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Late-night stars include artist Martin Creed's band

No Soul for Sale prides itself on being a non-hierarchical, unimposing group, leaving its leaders reluctant to pick out favourites.

"It is fascinating to see how very often the most successful projects are also the simplest, lowest budget endeavours," observes Alemani.

"It is pretty cool that such a huge institution like Tate can open its doors to so many informal organisations. To celebrate their birthday they could have had some celebrity – instead they have decided to recognise the work of people who are really doing the groundwork.

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Curator Cecilia Alemani has applauded the Tate's vision for the celebration

"We hope this will be an opportunity to reach out to a broader audience and we hope a new, exciting network will be created."

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Images: X Initiative

Find out the thoughts of Tracey Emin and Nicholas Serota in our picture special from Tate Modern’s 10th birthday party.

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