Another decade of grand Turbine Hall installations secured as Tate Modern signs a sponsorship deal with Hyundai
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Monday 20 January 2014
Tate Modern has ensured another decade of popular large-scale installations in its Turbine Hall – which has hosted work from Ai Weiwei’s porcelain sunflower seeds to Olafur Eliasson’s giant sun – after signing its “largest and longest” sponsorship deal.
South Korean car group Hyundai Motor Company is to back the “iconic” hall until 2025 in a deal understood to be worth more than £5m.
Sir Nicholas Serota, director of Tate, the world’s most popular modern art gallery, said: “It is a landmark deal. It is lasting for a decade, it’s at a high level and it’s international.”
Such long-term up-front sponsorship deals were “unusual”, Sir Nicholas added, with companies usually signing up to support art institutions for three to five years. Culture secretary Maria Miller said yesterday: “Private sector support for the arts is absolutely vital for generating a sustainable, mixed economy for our cultural organisations. There are few that have done more than the Tate to get this right. I applaud all their efforts.”
See some of the installations that have marked the Turbine Hall over the years
Tate Modern is the most visited contemporary art gallery in the world, with 5.5 million people passing through its doors between 2012 and 2013. The Turbine Hall installations, then sponsored by Unilever, proved a big draw.
Memorable works include Eliasson’s The Weather Project, Doris Salcedo’s Shibboleth, which ran a huge crack through the floor, and the slides that Carsten Holler installed.
The very first commission was I Do, I Undo, I Redo by Louise Bourgeois which included new work and one of her existing spider sculptures, while the last, in 2012, was These Associations by Turner Prize nominee Tino Sehgal. The space has since been empty due to building work. Turbine Hall commissions will resume next year.
Big ideas: The stars of turbine hall
The Weather Project
One of the Turbine Hall’s most enduring installations was created by Olafur Eliasson and thousands flocked to lie beneath the giant sun.
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster recreated sculptures from other artists. It referenced Louise Bourgeois’ first Turbine Hall installation with a giant version of her spider.
Ai Weiwei covered the space with millions of porcelain seeds though the dust meant the public were prevented from walking on the work.
Rachel Whiteread built a “landscape” using the plaster casts of differently-shaped old boxes.
Arts & Ents blogs
One Direction urge fans to lobby George Osborne about corporate tax avoidance
Reading line-up 2014: Paramore, QOTSA and more confirmed for Reading and Leeds Festival bill
What are the best first lines in fiction?
Boy George: Bad karma
12 Years a Slave didn't depict the 'happy slaves', critic complains
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
- 1 Three-quarters of Britons are saying it wrong - the top ten most common mispronunciations
- 2 Boy George: Bad karma
- 3 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 4 First Kiss video: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 5 Ian Wright breaks down in ITV documentary charting his rise to Arsenal and England striker