Tate to reopen from 17 May

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Tate today announced that all four of its galleries will reopen from 17 May 2021 with a host of new exhibitions, commissions and displays. The EY Exhibition: The Making of Rodin will be unveiled at Tate Modern, as will Heather Phillipson’s much-anticipated commission at Tate Britain. Tate St Ives will open a major rehang of its collection displays and Tate Liverpool will host a group exhibition for this year’s Liverpool Biennial.

Alongside these new shows, visitors will also have another chance to see Turner’s Modern World and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly in League with the Night at Tate Britain, Don McCullin and Aliza Nisenbaum at Tate Liverpool, and Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors at Tate St Ives. Zanele Muholi will reopen at Tate Modern followed in June by the year-long focused exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms.

As the galleries reopen, every precaution has been taken to make the experience safe and enjoyable. To ensure people can keep a safe distance from each other, all visitors, including Members, will need to book a timed ticket in advance to visit the collection displays or exhibitions. Visitors will be able to shop for exclusive gifts and enjoy food and drink at all four Tate galleries, including wood-fired pizzas, ice cream, coffee and craft beers at Tate Modern’s new riverside pop-up. For more information and to book tickets please visit tate.org.uk/visit.

By Aliza Nisenbaum, at Tate

Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate and Chair of the National Museum Directors’ Council, said: I’m thrilled that Tate will be reopening next week alongside museums across the country. We know there is a palpable appetite out there for people to safely share cultural experiences, to feel connected to each other again, and to support the recovery of the museums they love. After a long and difficult winter, the arts and culture sector has never had a more important role to play at the heart of our communities.

Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern, said: Tate Modern’s dual role as an international and a local museum feels particularly resonant right now. The great breadth and texture of our programme – from exhibitions like Zanele Muholi and Auguste Rodin to our free displays of art from around the world – reflects the cultural diversity of our neighbourhood in Southwark. It will be wonderful to see visitors once again enjoying that feeling of discovery and sense of belonging that art can offer.

Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain, said: Art has the power to lift our spirits in tough times and to shine a light on the challenges we face together. I’m delighted that Tate Britain will reopen with Heather Philipson’s spectacular and timely new commission addressing the future of our planet. That story of humanity’s impact on the landscape can also be traced back 200 years in our extended exhibition Turner’s Modern World.

Helen Legg, Director of Tate Liverpool, said: Tate Liverpool will reopen with Aliza Nisenbaum’s poignant commission focusing on the experience of Liverpool’s NHS workers during the pandemic, alongside photographer Don McCullin’s epic and affecting retrospective. Visitors will also be able to see the new Liverpool Biennial exhibition as we join our partners across the city in offering a warm and safe welcome to the UK’s largest free festival of contemporary art.

Anne Barlow, Director of Tate St Ives, said: Excitingly, Tate St Ives reopens to the public with a major rehang of its collection displays, the first since the galleries were extended in 2017. They show key artists associated with St Ives and West Cornwall, such as Barbara Hepworth and Alfred Wallis, in dialogue with works by 20th and 21st-century artists from around the globe. We are also delighted to extend Haegue Yang’s timely exhibition to ensure as many people as possible have the chance to see it.