Saturday 25 February 2017

Sir Elton John photograph collection to go on display at Tate Modern

Sir Elton John said it was a
Sir Elton John said it was a "great honour" to lend part of the collection to Tate Modern

Photographs from Sir Elton John's vast private collection will go on display at Tate Modern in a new exhibition.

The modernist photography show, titled The Radical Eye, will feature more than 150 works from more than 60 artists including Man Ray, Andre Kertesz, Berenice Abbott, Alexander Rodchenko and Edward Steichen.

The musician, 68, said it was an "honour" for him and husband David Furnish to loan a selection of classic modernist images from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Sir Elton said: " It is a great honour for David and I to lend part of our collection to Tate Modern for this ground-breaking exhibition.

"The modernist era in photography is one of the key moments within the medium and collecting work from this period has brought me great joy over the last 25 years.

"Each of these photographs serves as inspiration for me in my life; they line the walls of my homes and I consider them precious gems. We are thrilled to be part of this collaboration with Tate Modern and hope that the exhibition audience experiences as much joy in seeing the works as I have had in finding them."

Sir Elton began collecting photographs in 1991 and he has now amassed one of the most-admired private collections in the world, with more than 7,000 fine art photographs.

The rare vintage prints were all created by the artists themselves.

The Radical Eye exhibition will feature portraits of great cultural figures by some of the most important artists of the 20th century - incl uding Georgia O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston by Tina Modotti, Jean Cocteau by Abbott and Igor Stravinsky by Weston.

A group of Ray portraits collected by Sir Elton over the last 25 years will also be exhibited together for the first time. They depict key surrealist figures including Andre Breton and Max Ernst, as well as artists including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar.

The Tate's director Nicholas Serota said: "This will be a truly unique exhibition. There are few collections of modernist photography in the UK, so we are delighted that Sir Elton John has allowed us to draw on his incredible collection and give everyone a chance to see these iconic works.

"Coming face-to-face with such masterpieces of photography will be a rare and rewarding experience."

:: The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection opens on November 10 2016.

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