The Tate Modern will open its new 10 storey, £260 million extension by Herzog & de Meuron with an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’ work
The addition behind the existing Thamesside gallery has been hailed as the most important new cultural building in the UK since the British Library - although it has cost £45 million more than forecast and taken four years longer then expected to complete.
The brick-clad, pyramid-like extension will increase Tate Modern’s floorspace by more than 60 per cent and will be officially opened on 17 June 2016.
Ann Coxon, co-curator of the opening exhibition said: ‘I’m slightly terrified and very excited about the opening. It will be a great opportunity to the show the collection, and where we’ve been going with the collection in a new way.’
Bourgeois, the French-American artist who died at nearly 100 years old in 2010, was the first artist to be commissioned for the Tate Modern’s turbine gallery which opened in 2000.
The installation was called I Do, I Undo, I Redo 1999-2000 and featured her famous giant spider, Maman 1999. Seven years after was Bourgeois’ major Tate retrospective.
Bourgeois was at the forefront of 20th century artists, and during her 70 year career she worked with modern and traditional techniques, using bronze, marble, fabric and pencil to illustrate her various themes.
With particular emphasis on her late work, the opening exhibition will feature sculpture, drawings and fabrics including Bourgeois’ final installation Untitled 2010.
The exhibition is part of the joint owned Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland’s ‘Artist Rooms’ project, designed to show the breadth of an artist’s body of work in one room. The collections travel to regional places all round the UK and, Coxon says, ’are particularly aimed at inspiring young people.’