Kara Walker named for 2019 Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall commission

Kara Walker. Photo: Ari Marcopoulos


Tate Modern and Hyundai Motor announced on Tuesday that Kara Walker has been selected to create the next Hyundai Commission in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. The new work will be unveiled on 2 October 2019 and run until 5 April 2020.

Walker is known for her drawings, sculptural installations and cutouts figures that explore the violence underpinning issues of race, gender and sexuality. About her nomination, Tate Modern’s director Frances Morris said: 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.’

The exhibition will be curated by Clara Kim, Tate’s Daskalopoulos senior curator (Africa, Asia & Middle East) and Priyesh Mistry, assistant curator, international art. 

14 March 2019