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Tate Modern to reopen in July

Tate Modern will reopen on July 27, along with the three other Tate galleries, writes Kit Heren…

London’s largest modern art gallery closed on March 17 and has remained shut amid the coronavirus lockdown, alongside all other museums in the UK.

Tate Modern’s first major temporary exhibition after the lockdown will be the Andy Warhol display that began a few days before the lockdown.

Kara Walker’s thirteen-metre high Fons Americanus, a fountain that “explores the interconnected histories of Africa, America and Europe” will also be available to view until November.

Tickets will only be available if booked in advance to help keep staff and visitors safe, the gallery said.

Tate Modern director Frances Morris said: “Over the past few months we have been working hard to reschedule upcoming projects with artists, lenders and museum partners around the world, as well as to extend some of those that were due to close this summer, like Kara Walker’s Hyundai Commission and Ed Ruscha’s ARTIST ROOMS display.

“I particularly hope that this reopening moment will bring renewed attention to our world-class collection, which sits at the heart of everything we do here at Tate Modern, and which will once again be accessible to everyone for free.”

Maria Balshaw, director of the wider Tate organisation, said that they would continue to monitor the situation with coronavirus lockdown, and could make further changes to reopening plans.

She added: “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.”


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