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Tate Modern Turns Ten, Focuses on Building Global Collection

TATE THE CAKE. The guy with the glasses schemes for a prime piece of turbine hall.

We’re not sure if Wenlock and Mandeville were on hand for the festivities, but London’s Tate Modern recently celebrated its tenth birthday. A gala celebration at the museum included the above giant sheet cake, a frosted tribute to the Herzog and de Meuron-led conversion of the former Bankside Power Station. More than 45 million people have visited Tate Modern since it opened in May 2000, and the museum recently announced the expansion of its collection to areas outside Europe and North America. Recent acquisitions include 13 contemporary works of art by artists (all new to the collection) from the Middle East and North Africa, including Kader Attia and Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar. Tate Modern also recently acquired 28 works from South Africa, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific region. These include Do Ho Suh‘s “Staircase III” (2009), Subodh Gupta‘s “Everyday” (2009), and Felix Gonzalez-Torres‘s “Untitled (Double Portrait)” (1991). Many of the recent acquisitions were gifts or purchased through Tate’s regionally focused acquisitions committees. “Tate Modern has provided the spur for a vigorous policy at Tate of collecting more widely internationally which has deepened the collection for future generations,” said Tate director Nicholas Serota in a press release, while Frances Morris, Tate’s head of collections, described the expansion efforts as “a response to the emergence of interesting and dymamic art centers across the world and an ever more complex and interconnected international art scene.”

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