Tate Modern Long Weekend

Tate Modern Long Weekend


22nd May – 25th May 2009


Tate Modern

The Tate Modern Long Weekend is a unique four day festival taking place in May, featuring music, film, art installations and discussions. Organised in collaboration with UBS, The Long Weekend presents a range of events and activities at the Tate Modern.

For more information on the May 2010 events, click on the link below. Do It Yourself
Each day of the Tate Modern Long Weekend will have a different activities and events based around the theme of Do It Yourself, inspired by the Arte Pevera and post-minimalist works in the new Energy and Process collection displays at the Tate Modern. Live performances, art, films, music and dance make up the various events and activities happening on each day.

Please touch the art
Encouraging everyone to get involved with the theme of the weekend with some truly interactive art, the sculptures of Robert Morris will be available to climbs and crawl under and over throughout the weekend. First shown at the Tate in 1971, the Robert Morris installation is meant to encourage you to turn your own body into part of the art on offer.

Artists and events
Alongside the Do It Yourself interactive activities, there will be plenty of art events and performances to keep you entertained. Some of the key players from the contemporary arts movement are involved in the Tate Modern Long Weekend, and you can expect to see work from the likes of Michelangelo Pistoletto and Paola Pivi. A highlight of the weekend will no doubt be new performance piece by Paola Pivi, titled 1000, which will take place in the Turbine Hall for the festival's grand finale at 5pm on Monday 25th May.

Long Weekend music and film
A line of musicians and filmmakers will be creating unique performances at the Tate Modern over the May spring bank holiday weekend. Avant Garde composer Luigi Nono will be giving a series of live performances on Level 5, while a cellist will be playing selected Bach works to accompany a painting by Janis Kounellis. Screenings of experimental Italian films from the 1960s and 1970s will also be on offer from 3pm on Saturday 23rd May.

Family workshops
This year there will be plenty of special workshops and activities for kids and families at the Tate Modern Long Weekend including offerings from the House of Fairytales company. Children can take part in sewing, drawing and sculpture workshops, and can also enter a witch's gingerbread house, dance around a maypole, and read all about fairy tales and the themes of Arte Povera in a travelling library.

Futurism at Tate Modern
Opening in June after all the bank holiday weekend festivities have closed is the new exhibition of Futurism at Tate Modern. Conceived by the Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in 1909, Futurism celebrated modern technology and industry in its art. Expected highlights of this special exhibition at the Tate Modern include works by Picasso and Duchamp, as well as an exploration into how Futurism contributed to the Cubism and Vorticism. UBS Openings: The Tate Modern Long Weekend takes place at the Tate Modern gallery from Friday 22nd May - Monday 25th May 2009. Opening times are 10am - 10pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am - 6pm Sunday and Monday. All events are free. For further details, click on the link below.

Tate Modern Official Site

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