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Hyundai Commission: Anicka Yi

Until 16 January 2022

Installation view of Hyundai Commission: Anicka Yi at Tate Modern, October 2021. Photo by Will Burrard Lucas

This autumn, Tate Modern’s annual Hyundai Commission will once again return to the gallery’s iconic Turbine Hall with a major new site-specific work from conceptual artist Anicka Yi. Launching in October 2021, this year’s Hyundai Commission will be Yi’s largest and most ambitious project to date.

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Poussin and the Dance

9 October 2021 – 2 January 2022

National Gallery, London


Tambourines shake, wine spills, and half-naked figures whirl across the canvas in these paintings of revelry, dance and drama that are brought together in this first exhibition dedicated to Poussin and dance.

Poussin’s paintings of dance are unique. He brings to life the classical world of gods and mortals with wild and riotous movement but, the chaos on the canvas does not reflect the meticulous and inventive process that allowed him to capture bodies in motion.

In this exhibition, Poussin’s paintings and drawings of dance will be shown alongside the antique sculpture he studied, inviting you to trace the evolution of his ideas from marble to paper to paint.

Poussin’s working methods will be fully revealed with a reconstruction of his wax figurines, which the artist manipulated into different compositions, underscoring his role not only as painter of dance, but as choreographer in his own right.

Exhibition organised by the National Gallery, London and the Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

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Shilpa Gupta: Sun at Night

The Curve, Barbican Centre
7 October 2021 6 February 2022

Shilpa Gupta, For, In Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit, 2017 18
Sound installation with 100 speakers, microphones, printed text and metal stands

Commissioned by YARAT Contemporary Art Space and Edinburgh Art Festival

Photographer: Pat Verbruggen

Opening autumn 2021, Barbican Art Gallery is delighted to present the first major London solo
exhibition by Mumbai-based artist Shilpa Gupta. One of South Asia’s most critically acclaimed
artists working today, Gupta’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses a wide range of media
and processes, from text, sculpture, video, photography, and sound which poetically explores
physical and ideological boundaries and how, as individuals, we come to feel a sense of
isolation or belonging. Shilpa Gupta’s new commission opens in The Curve on Thursday 7
October 2021. Further Information


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Paula Rego

Tate Britain

Until 24 October 2021

Since the 1950s, Paula Rego has played a key role in redefining figurative art in the UK and internationally. An uncompromising artist of extraordinary imaginative power, she has revolutionised the way in which women are represented.

This exhibition will tell the story of this artist’s extraordinary life, highlighting the personal nature of much of her work and the socio-political context in which it is rooted. It will also reveal the artist’s broad range of references, from comic strips to history painting.

It will feature over 100 works, including collage, paintings, large-scale pastels, ink and pencil drawings and etchings. These will include early work from the 1950s in which Rego first explored personal as well as social struggle, her large pastels of single figures from the acclaimed Dog Women and Abortion series and her richly layered, staged scenes from the 2000-10s.

This will be a unique opportunity to survey, in the city that Rego has lived in and called home for most of her life, the full range of her work.

Exhibition organised by Tate Britain in collaboration with Kunstmuseum Den Haag and Museo Picasso Málaga. Further Information


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The V&A will open Bags: Inside Out

Victoria and Albert Museum London until 16 January 2022

From designer handbags to despatch boxes, vanity cases to military rucksacks, the exhibition explores our longstanding fascination with the bag. Featuring innovative designs from Mulberry to Karl Lagerfeld, bags carried by Jane Birkin to Sarah Jessica Parker, the heritage of Hermès to the streetwear of Off-White, and an exclusive look inside the world of the factory and atelier; Bags: Inside Out provides an unprecedented look at this global obsession. Further Information

Emily Jo Gibbs ‘Horse Chestnut bag with Conker purse’ 1996, London Silk, copper wire Taking inspiration from nature, Gibbs designed this bag in the shape of a horse chestnut. The green surface acts as a shell that when opened reveals a ‘conker’ shaped purse. Realistic details such as copper wire points to represent the spiked surface of a horse chestnut demonstrate Gibbs care and craftmanship.

Nuovo Bidente Margaret Thatcher’s Handbag c.1984, possibly Italy Leather, metal During her tenure as Britain’s first female Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, Margaret Thatcher understood the power of dress and accessories to emphasise her image. Her handbag became a recognisable symbol of both her femininity and power. Often referred to as her ‘secret weapon’ or the ‘sceptre of her rule’, Thatcher’s handbag even influenced a new verb, ‘to handbag’ meaning to verbally attack a person or crush an idea.

Copyright Text/Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum London