Performers from English National Ballet perform Sticks and Bones,

Tate Liverpool's Creative Europe-supported exhibition springs to life

For the culmination of An Imagined Museum: works from the Pompidou, Tate and MMK collections at Tate Liverpool, all 76 art works are removed from the exhibition and represented in a range of ways including dance, song and spoken word, as part of a performance weekend, 2053: A Living Museum, from 20-21 February 2016. 

Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director, Tate Liverpool said: ‘A Living Museum offers a new experience for our visitors. Where once they would have seen an artwork on display they will now have the opportunity to see performances from people expressing their love and enjoyment of art. This is a special weekend that celebrates the power of art but the equal importance of its audience.’

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. Three key European art museums have brought 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. This exhibition travels to all the three project partners’ galleries over two years, from 2015-2017: Tate Liverpool, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main and Centre Pompidou-Metz.

Photo: Performers from English National Ballet perform Sticks and Bones, choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple in response to Pawel Althamer’s Self-Portrait as a Businessman 2002, on display in An Imagined Museum until 14 February 2016. © Photography by ASH