Since Tate Modern opened in 2000, its industrial Turbine Hall space has hosted some of the most acclaimed and experimental works of contemporary art – many of which were facilitated by the annual Hyundai Commission, a partnership between Tate and Hyundai Motor that provides artists with the opportunity to create work specifically for the space.
This year, Stockton-born, New York-based Kara Walker has been announced as the latest artist to customise the hall. Known for exploring of race, gender, sexuality and violence, Walker’s used a range of medium ranging from drawings, shadow puppets and projections to murals and large sculptural installations – so it’ll be exciting to see how she chooses to interpret the vast space.
Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern said: “Kara Walker fearlessly tackles some of the most complex issues we face today. Her work addresses history and identity with a powerful directness, but also with great understanding, nuance and wit. Seeing her respond to the industrial scale of the Turbine Hall – and the wider context of London and British history – is a hugely exciting proposition.”
Walker’s new work for the Turbine Hall will be open from 2 October 2019 to 5 April 2020.