This month sees the grand opening of ‘The Switch House’, the 20,700 sq m (222,813 sq ft) extension to the Tate Modern. We thought it would be the perfect time to reflect on our history working with the Tate on a variety of projects and locations, so here are our favourite moments from over the years:
Sir Anthony Caro – Retrospective, Tate Britain Jan, 26 – Apr, 17 2005
We have a wealth of experience installing Sir Anthony Caro’s work and the show surveyed all of Caro’s major developments spanning the level 2 exhibition galleries as well as the central Duveen galleries at the Tate Britain
Doris Salcedo – The Unilever Series: Shibboleth, Tate Modern Oct, 9 – Apr,6 2008
Addressing the emotive issues surrounding racism and prejudice in the modern world, Salcedo was the first artist to directly change the fabric of the Turbine Hall. The large chasm which ran the length of the gallery challenged the perception, not only of the issues at hand, but also of how the space could be used by the artist.
Louise Bourgeois – Maman, Tate Modern Oct, 2007
Louise Bourgeois’s ‘Maman’ has been exhibited both in the Turbine Hall and on the banks of the Thames at the Tate Modern. The piece is integral to the collection, as is Bourgeois’ work as a whole, which is shown in her selection as the first artist to be shown in the ARTIST ROOMS space in the new extension.
Rodin/Cornelia Parker – ‘Days Like These’, Tate Britain Feb, 26 – May, 26 2003
As part of the Tate Triennial of Contemporary Art, ‘Days Like These’ featured Rodin’s ‘The Kiss’ in a very different guide. Cornelia Parker wrapped the iconic sculpture in string in an attempt to take something iconic and clichéd and encourage new interpretation of the piece.
Andy Warhol – Retrospective, Tate Modern Feb, 7 – Apr, 1 2002
A major retrospective of Warhol’s work, included several large works which could not be brought in via the access on the ground floor, resulting in works being craned from the bridge within the Turbine hall – one of our most challenging installations at the Tate.
Carsten Höller – The Unilever Series: Test Site, Tate Modern Oct, 10 – Apr, 15 2007
The installation of the now iconic slides in the Turbine Hall created the type of buzz intended by the artist. Höller’s intention was to create excitement and delight, not only in viewing the crowds sliding down into the gallery, but also in those experiencing the descent itself.
The Switch House opens on Jun, 18 and we are looking forward to working on more projects in the new building in the foreseeable future.