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BEUYS' ACORNS
May 4 - Nov 14, 2021
In response to the climate emergency, artists Ackroyd & Harvey have installed Beuys’ Acorns, a group of 100 oak trees, on Tate Modern’s South Terrace
 
Beuys’ Acorns takes its inspiration from the artist and co-founder of the German Green party Joseph Beuys, whose centenary it is this year. From 1982 to 1987, Beuys and his helpers planted 7,000 trees alongside 7,000 basalt rocks in Kassel, Germany. Called 7000 Oaks this ‘social sculpture’, as Beuys called it, permanently altered the cityscape, connecting art to the emerging climate movement.
 
In 2007, British artists Ackroyd & Harvey travelled to Kassel and collected acorns from the original oaks. A hundred of the now-grown trees will come together at Tate Modern, creating a living sculpture – a place for gathering and for rethinking our connections with nature.
 
At Tate Modern, Beuys’ Acorns will sit directly above Beuys’s work The End of the Twentieth Century, installed in the Tanks below. Its basalt stones are derived from the same rocks used in 7000 Oaks, reuniting the two elements from Beuys’s original piece.
 
Ackroyd & Harvey are co-founders of Culture Declares Emergency, which launched in April 2019. The movement aims to create strategic plans for individuals and organisations – including Tate – to help sustain the planet.

THE MAKING OF RODIN
May 18 - Nov 21, 2021
Experimental works reveal a new side to the sculptor who changed modern art
 
Working at the turn of the 20th century, Auguste Rodin broke the rules of classical sculpture to create an image of the human body that mirrored the ruptures, complexities and uncertainties of the modern age.
 
This major exhibition is the first to focus on the importance of plaster in his work. Although Rodin is best known for his bronze and marble sculptures, he himself worked as a modeller, who captured movement, light and volume in pliable materials such as clay and plaster.
 
This presentation evokes the atmosphere of the artist’s studio. Plasters casts in all sizes show how he continually experimented with fragmentation, repetition and joining existing parts in unconventional ways. Some of his best-known works were influenced by this process, including The Burghers of Calais, which is represented here by the newly restored original plaster.
 
With the process of making at its heart, the exhibition also considers the complex dynamics of the workshop, as well as between the artist and his models and collaborators, including fellow sculptor Camille Claudel, the Japanese actress Ohta Hisa, and the German aristocrat Helene Von Nostitz.
 
The realisation of this landmark exhibition is possible due to a unique collaboration with the Musée Rodin, who have offered Tate unprecedented access to their collection. It features over 200 works, many of which have not been seen outside of France before.

SOPHIE TAEUBER-ARP
Jul 15 - Oct 17, 2021
A long overdue recognition of Taeuber-Arp’s pivotal contribution to modern art and design
 
Sophie Taeuber-Arp was one of the foremost abstract artists and designers of the 1920s and 30s. Her multidisciplinary work has enduring influence, inspiring innovative artists and designers around the world.
 
Taeuber-Arp’s creative output was extraordinarily diverse and at times controversial. She made embroideries and paintings, carved sculptures and edited magazines, created puppets and mysterious Dada objects. She combined traditional crafts with the vocabulary of modernist abstraction, challenging the boundaries separating art and design.
 
This is the first retrospective of her work ever held in the UK. It brings together her principal works from major collections in Europe and the US, most of which have never been seen in this country before.

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