BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Anne Imhof: Sex
22 March – 31 March 2019
In partnership with BMW, with additional support from Outset Germany_Switzerland
Exhibition open daily 10.00 – 17.00, evening performances 18.30–22.30
Tate Modern today unveiled a new large-scale commission by Anne Imhof. The dynamic installation combines structural interventions, painting, sound and lighting, unfolding over ten days with six nights of durational performance. Following Faust (2017), Imhof’s intense and engaging work which was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, Sex is the first project by a solo artist to occupy the full suite of spaces in Tate Modern’s atmospheric Tanks. This is the third annual BMW Tate Live Exhibition, part of Tate Modern’s ongoing performance programme in partnership with BMW.
The commission is both an exhibition by day and a series of six live performances by night. Titled Sex, the work deals with fluidity between binaries – female and male, top and bottom, night and day – and the blurred line where two opposing zones meet. Structural interventions splice through each of the grand spaces. In the South Tank, visitors walk into the space on a raised platform, a scenario mirrored in the East Tank where the hierarchy of viewing is reversed and visitors are situated on the ground beneath a pier. The adjacent Transformer galleries display a collection of Imhof’s Gradient and Scratch paintings, alongside elements of sculpture that intervene in the architecture.
This year’s exhibition follows the success of the first two BMW Tate Live Exhibitions in 2017 and 2018. These groundbreaking programmes pioneered a new model for the exhibition format with an ever-changing series of installations and live performances across ten days. Taking place in the Tanks, the world’s first museum spaces dedicated to performance, film and installation, the BMW Tate Live Exhibitions have showcased a wide range of artists including Joan Jonas, Fujiko Nakaya, Isabel Lewis, Jason Moran, Mark Leckey, Jumana Emil Abboud, Wu Tsang and Fred Moten.
BMW Tate Live Exhibition is curated by Catherine Wood and Isabella Maidment and produced by Judith Bowdler. Sex is the first of three chapters in a project commissioned by Tate Modern, London, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin. It is staged at Tate Modern in partnership with BMW, with additional support from Outset Germany_Switzerland.