Richard Hamilton 13 February – 26 May 2014
One of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, Richard Hamilton (1922-2011) is widely regarded as a founding figure of pop art, who continued to experiment and innovate over a career of 60 years. Tate Modern presents the first retrospective to encompass the full scope of Hamilton’s work, from his early exhibition designs of the 1950s to his final paintings of 2011. This exhibition explores his relationship to design, painting, photography and television, as well as his engagement and collaborations with other artists. Image: Just what was it that made yesterday’s homes so different, so appealing? 1956, Collage. 26 cm × 24.8 cm Kunsthalle Tübingen.
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs 17 April – 7 September 2014
The most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the artist’s paper cut-outs made between 1943 and 1954. It brings together around 120 works, many seen together for the first time, in a groundbreaking reassessment of Matisse’s colourful and innovative final works. Image: The Snail / L’Escargot, 1953. Gouache on paper, cut and pasted on paper mounted on canvas. Support: 2864 x 2870 mm. Tate.
Sigmar Polke: Alibis 9 October 2014 – 8 February 2015
This groundbreaking retrospective of the maverick Sigmar Polke (1941–2010) will explore the full scope of his work. A key figure in the first generation of post-WWII German artists alongside Gerhard Richter and Blinky Palermo, Polke took a wildly different approach to art-making, from his responses to consumer society in the 1960s to his interest in travel and communal living in the 1970s and his increasingly experimental practice after 1980. This will be the first exhibition to bring together the full range of media in which he worked – not only painting, drawing, photography, film and sculpture, but also notebooks, slide projections and photocopies. Image: Sigmar Polke Girlfriends (Freundinnen) 1965/1966 © 2013 Estate of Sigmar Polke / ARS, New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
Richard Tuttle 14 October 2014 – 6 April 2015
I Don’t Know, Or The Weave of Textile Language is a unique project by the renowned US artist Richard Tuttle (born 1941). It will be the largest survey of his work ever held in the UK, comprising an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, a large-scale sculpture in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and a new publication. Image: Tate Modern Turbine Hall. Photo: Tate Photography.
Conflict, Time, Photography 27 November 2014 – 14 April 2015
Timed specifically to coincide with the centenary of the First World War, this exhibition concerns the relationship between photography and sites of conflict over time, highlighting the fact that time itself is a fundamental aspect of the photographic medium. It will include different perspectives which artists using cameras have brought to the sites they have depicted over different passages of time: from works made a few moments or one day after an event, to those made one year later or 10, 20, 30 and 100 years later. Subjects covered include conflicts from all over the world in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including key themes of landscape, ruination, reconstruction and the human cost of conflict. Image: Shōmei Tōmatsu Steel Helmet with Skull Bone Fused by Atomic Bomb, Nagasaki 1963 © Shomei Tomatsu – interface. Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo.