Tate to host world’s most extensive retrospective of Hockney’s work in 2017


The iconic Tate galleries announced highlights of its 2017 exhibition programme, which will feature major retrospectives of contemporary artists including David Hockney, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rachel Whiteread and Emilia and Ilya Kabokov. Fifty years after the celebrated exhibition at Tate curated by David Sylvester, Tate Modern will also hold a major retrospective of Giacometti at Tate Modern and later in 2017, the most comprehensive survey of Modigliani’s work ever seen in the UK.

Landmarks in the relationship between art and social history will also be explored in Queer British Art, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power and Red Star Over Russia. The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile will explore how French artists such as Monet and Pissarro interpreted British culture and Society.


‘A Bigger Splash’ by David Hockney

At Tate Britain, the world’s most extensive retrospective of the work of David Hockney will offer an unprecedented overview of the artist’s work to date. As the artist approaches his 80th birthday, this exhibition will celebrate his achievement across painting, drawing, print, photography, video and digital media. Presented as a chronological overview, it will trace his development from his prodigious appearance on the public stage as a student in 1961, through to his iconic works of the 1960s and 1970s, and on to his recent success at the Royal Academy and beyond.
The exhibition, organised in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou and The Metropolitan Museum, will tour internationally to Paris and New York.

Hockney’s work will also feature in the first major exhibition in Britain to focus on queer British art. Queer British Art is scheduled to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in Britain and will cover the period 1861 – 1967. Opening in April 2017, the exhibition will explore how seismic shifts in gender and sexuality found expression in the arts over 100 years.


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