Tate Modern: Nought to Sixteen, a History

included with the Summer issue - a special publication to mark the new Tate Modern, in association with Phillips

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To mark the opening of the new Tate Modern ArtReview takes a comparative look back at the Museum's past 16 years, through some of the exhibitions and events, highlights, turning points and innovations that would prove to be significant moments in its trajectory, shown in relation to some of the significant historical events that were taking place in the UK and internationally during that time.

We’ve also asked a selection of writers and artists to respond to the ideas and issues that have emerged from Tate Modern’s history, and posed the same questions to Tate director Nicholas Serota. In his 2001 book Art Crazy Nation, artist and writer Matthew Collings captured the British artworld at that time, including the opening of Tate Modern. We both revisit Collings’s original text and also ask him to update it, 16 years on.


Interview: Nicholas Serota, by Helen Sumpter

Art Crazy Nation (2001), by Matthew Collings

2000 Tate Modern Opens

Essay: Scale and Expansion by Sam Jacob

Century City exhibition

Warhol exhibition

Cruel + Tender exhibition

PJ Harvey performance

Unilever series: Olafur Eliasson, The Weather Project

Essay: Entertainment and Populism, by Ben Street

Open Systems exhibition

Rings of Saturn exhibition

Unilever series: Carsten Höller, Test Site

The World as a Stage exhibition

Essay: An Art History by Linda Nochlin

Tania Bruguera, Tatlin’s Whisper #5 performance

No Soul For Sale event

Essay: Participation and Protest, by Bob and Roberta Smith

Yayoi Kusama exhibition

Damien Hirst exhibition

The Tanks opening

Essay: Multimedia and Performance, by Sara Wookey

Henri Matisse exhibition

The World Goes Pop exhibition

Essay: Networks and Globalisation, by Marysia Lewandowska

Art Crazy Nation (plus 16), by Matthew Collings

2016 New Tate Modern Opens