Tate show to capture the imagination

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Tate Liverpool. Pic by Katie Braithwaite

Tate Liverpool. Pic by Katie Braithwaite

An innovative new sequence of exhibitions coordinated by and displayed at the Tate Liverpool, will see the works of many famous artists brought to life by live performances in an array of multi-art forms.

The current exhibition, ‘Works to Know by Heart: An Imagined Museum’, runs until the February 14th, when all the art works will be removed, and replaced by members of the public who will personally recollect the works they have seen.

Alison Cornmell, Communications Manager at Tate Liverpool, told JMU Journalism: “The art works will be represented in a broad range of mediums like dance, music and spoken word. It’s a mixture of members of the public who have volunteered and local community groups that we work with, and there’s also some artists who have got involved.”

Curators of An Imagined Museum have also been helping volunteers represent the art works, and giving advice on how they could portray the paintings in workshops at the Tate.

The exhibition is loosely based on Ray Bradbury’s 1953 science-fiction book Fahrenheit 451, set in a distant future where all works of literature are banned, and so the only way to keep the literature from falling out of existence is to learn and memorise them by heart.

The penultimate exhibition, ‘2053: A Living Museum’, which will run on February 20th and 21st, is part of the Tate Liverpool’s Autumn/Winter season.

The art exhibition itself includes over 60 major post-1945 art works from the Centre Pompidou, Tate and MMK Collections. On display will be works by Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, Claes Oldenburg, Bridget Riley, Dorothea Tanning and Rachel Whiteread.

The exhibition is one of the first of its kind, and has been well received so far. Alison said: “Obviously it’s not something that we’ve done before, but it’s been really well received so far, and lots of people have volunteered to take part. It’s been a big success in terms of how interested people are in something like this.”

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