The growth of Tate’s collection, displays and programs over the last two decades has created platforms that are open, inclusive and more reflective of its audiences, through exploring connections between international art and artists. The Center will build on Tate’s ground-breaking work in expanding its collections and programs beyond Europe and North America. Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational will transform how Tate grows and shares knowledge about multiple art histories with individuals and organizations around the world.
Hyundai will support the Center from January 2019 to December 2024, in addition to their support of the annual Hyundai Commission in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall which began in 2015. During this time the Center will host several research events including annual symposia, six seminars and workshops each year at Tate and beyond. This will facilitate collective research and intellectual exchange and provide five curatorial posts based in the Tate Modern Curatorial team; deepening research at the very heart of the museum, reflecting transnational perspectives. For early career scholars and curators, there will be a travel grant program to support their international conference engagement. The Research Center will significantly expand on the work of Tate Research Centre: Asia and Tate’s acquisitions committees to consider global and multidisciplinary practices at the center of the work of art and artists. In addition to strengthening Tate’s international acquisition strategy and collective practices, there will be a dedicated and regularly updated webpage established with research outcomes and materials, and six Tate Papers published over six years.
The Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational will not only provide significant and long-lasting benefit to Tate but also for the wider research and museum community around the world with a sense of responsibility towards exploring the transnational condition. We are living in a diverse world that is more connected than ever, through technology and media. This project will explore how partnerships with others can transform research and how connections that have been overlooked can provide a new way of framing history.
This visionary project, in acknowledging movement and exchange, forced and voluntary migration and the experience of diaspora as central to modern and contemporary art, will enrich our program of exhibitions, acquisitions and collection displays, and will help us to share and connect more deeply with the work of many institutions around the world. We want to deepen our commitment to exploring multiple art histories beyond Western Europe and North America by showing that art, art movements and their histories are interconnected well beyond their country of origin. This generous new support from Hyundai Motor will allow us to carry out original research in this area, collaborate with international colleagues, and bring in new members to the Tate team, making this work integral to Tate’s activities.
Led by Dr. Sook-Kyung Lee, Senior Curator, International Art (Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational), the work will widen Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives’ international network of peers. Curators and scholars will develop specific questions around modern and contemporary art in the collection and exhibition programs and bring in expertise from the field to address shared questions.
The first symposium will be held at Tate Modern on 23-25 February 2019, under the title Axis of Solidarity: Landmarks, Platforms, Futures, co-organized with the Institute for Comparative Modernities at Cornell University and the Africa Institute. The conference will convene scholars, researchers and artists to explore the international solidarity movements and their artistic manifestation that emerged in the Global South, in the 1950s to the 1980s through processes of decolonization.
Tate Modern and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art are collaborating on a major exhibition of Nam June Paik, which in addition to London and San Francisco will also be on view in Amsterdam, Chicago and Singapore. By presenting Paik as an artist who worked around the globe, and whose work transcended borders and national identities by virtue of using popular media such as music, video and television, this exhibition will be emblematic of the approach of the Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational.
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