I went to visit Tate Liverpool this weekend and saw one of their new exhibitions. The basis for the exhibition, is to allow the viewer to recognise links between certain artworks that would ordinarily not be put together. Each ‘constellation’ is started by a trigger work of art and the viewer is encouraged to consider how the art in the surrounding constellation relates to the trigger artwork and all of the others in that constellation. The trigger artworks were chosen because of their “revolutionary effect on modern and contemporary art.”
I particularly liked the idea of viewing a series through relation, as well as the way that the design for the exhibition was to create a better understanding and interpretation of the artworks. This was done by each panel describing the individual works of art having a few larger blue words that describe the works. I also thought that it was interesting to draw the viewers attention to the nature of display and the way that the curation had been done so that they could understand the art better as well as understanding the curation of it.
In the first floor gallery paintings by artists such as Duncan Grant, William Ratcliffe, Auguste Renoir and Georges Braque were hung away from the wall on metal poles with a perspex back allowing you to see the whole of the painting, even the labels on the back and instructions written for the curators. It reminded me of the way that Alberto Burri’s Sacchi series was hung at the guggenheim, I liked that it allowed you to examine the whole of the work.
On display as well was sir Eduardo Paulozzi’s collages that he called ‘Bunk’ having been an admirer of his sculpures and having looked at them online, I thoroughly enjoyed being able to peer into the collages that this amazing sculptor did as a child. A few other pieces that I enjoyed were a large painting by Franz Kline, and a seemingly black painting by Ad Reinhardt that from a distance almost looked like a Tv screen as it was in a glass case, but upon closer inspection you can see that it isn’t a pure black canvas and instead is created of neat very similar squares.