Arts and Entertainment Dominique Gonzalez-Foester's installation 'TH.2058' which opened in October 2008 at the Tate modern

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.

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Picasso's young muse makes a public appearance

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Painter's great-granddaughter refutes claims of rape, syphilis and paedophilia

Gabriel Orozco, Tate Modern, London

Matters of life and death

Orozco brings his unique perspective to Tate Modern

A major retrospective of the work of the Mexican artist, Gabriel Orozco, opens at the Tate Modern in London this week.

After Gauguin, can galleries cope with crowds?

Tourists flocking from around the world to London's art exhibitions are fuelling a surge in "gallery rage" as the art world's connoisseurs bemoan overcrowding at an elite list of blockbuster shows.

Leading article: When more is less

Blockbuster shows with international appeal have their detractors among critics, but more and more among paying visitors, too. Their complaint is that, having paid double-digit prices, they are herded through too fast and with so many others that they can't actually see the pictures. Gauguin, which closed yesterday at Tate Modern, attracted particular venom.

Simon Starling: Never the Same River, Camden Arts Centre, London

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London gallery to represent Chinese activist

One of the world’s most prestigious galleries has announced it is to represent Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei as the artist faces mounting pressure in his homeland for his pro-democracy politics.

Tate artist placed under house arrest

Chinese avant-garde artist Ai Weiwei, whose Sunflower Seeds is currently exhibiting in London's Tate Modern, said he was placed under house arrest to prevent him from attending a party commemorating the demolition of his newly built studio in Shanghai.

Anish Kapoor: Turning the World Upside Down, Kensington Gardens, London

An elegant reflection of Kapoor's art

Ai Weiwei, Tate Modern, London

Why should millions of specks of porcelain upset the Chinese? Because Ai Weiwei never treads carefully and neither, it seems, do the patrons of Tate Modern

Dust-up at Tate Modern as curse of Turbine Hall strikes again

When he unveiled his monumental installation at the Tate Modern earlier this week, Ai Weiwei enthused about how he wanted visitors to immerse themselves in his 100-million porcelain sunflower seeds, by putting the painted kernels into their mouths or building sandcastles if they so desired.

Keep off! Tate seed artwork restricted over dust risk

A vast carpet of more than 100 million porcelain "seeds" in the Tate Modern has been declared out of bounds to art lovers only two days after it opened because it poses a health threat.

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