Thursday 18 January 2018

Tate plans exhibitions with Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud for 2018

The organisation has unveiled a packed portfolio of artists and shows for the year.

By Francesca Gosling

The works of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Pablo Picasso, Virginia Woolf and Edward Burne-Jones will feature in a fresh range of Tate exhibitions next year.

They form part of a packed portfolio of names, from the Pre-Raphaelite painters to modern film and performance artists, in shows across the country’s galleries.

Bacon and Freud will join RB Kitaj and Paula Rego in the All Too Human presentation of figurative painting at London’s Tate Britain from February to August, while video and textile art by female stars Joan Jonas and Anni Albers will go on show at the Tate Modern.

Showcasing 150 of Burne-Jones’ paintings, stained glass pieces and tapestries from October to February 2019, the Tate Britain exhibition will be its first comprehensive collection of the romantic Pre-Raphaelite’s work in 40 years.

Meanwhile, Tate Modern will open The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy from March to September, as well as video and performance work by 1960s and 70s pioneer Jonas, and Bauhaus textiles giant Albers.

Jonas’ show from March to August will include the unveiling of a new large-scale piece and a full programme of performances and concerts.

The organisation will also mark the 30th anniversary of Tate Liverpool with an Egon Schiele and Fernand Leger display, and the launch of Tate St Ives with an exploration of 35 female artists led by the works of Woolf.


The new south west coast gallery spaces officially open on October 14 this year.

Other events in the Tate calendar for the year include an Into The Light abstract art and photography exhibition at Tate Modern, featuring images by Paul Strand, Man Ray and Barbara Kasten over the last 100 years.

Aftermath, at Tate Britain from June to September, will mark the centenary of the First World War by looking into the impact of the conflict on European art, Dada and Surrealism.

The organisation’s contemporary programme for the year will also include Turner Prize 2018 from September to January 2019.

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