Barbara Kruger, Untitled (We Will No Longer Be Seen and Not Heard) 1985

An Imagined Museum brings together works from the Pompidou, Tate and MMK collections

Opening on 20 November 2015 at Tate Liverpool, An Imagined Museum: works from the Pompidou, Tate and MMK collections is an exhibition which sees three key European art museums bring together over 60 major artworks from 1945 onwards by international figures such as Marcel Duchamp, On Kawara, Claes Oldenburg, Bridget Riley, Andy Warhol and Rachel Whiteread. 

Inspired by the plot of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian sci-fi novel Fahrenheit 451 in which works of literature are outlawed and the only way to save them is to learn them by heart, this exhibition of works from three of the most prestigious European collections invites audiences into a fictional scenario where the exhibited artworks are about to vanish. 

An Imagined Museum is part of a Creative Europe-supported Cooperation Project, entitled Writing Exhibitions/Exhibiting Literature: An Imaginary European Museum, which received a grant of €200,000 in 2014. This exhibition travels to all the three project partners’ galleries: Tate Liverpool (November 2015 – February 2016), MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main (March 2016 - September 2016) and at Centre Pompidou-Metz (October 2016 - March 2017).

Image: Barbara Kruger, Untitled (We Will No Longer Be Seen and Not Heard), 1985. © Barbara Kruger. Courtesy: Mary Boone Gallery, New York.