New Tate Modern: Switched On

Published on 8th February 2017 by

A 2016 BBC programme presented by Andrew Marr to mark the opening night of the Switch building at the Tate Modern, a £260m extension which more than doubled the galleries size. The film makers get behind the scenes access to chart the new director Frances Morris’s effort to increase the amount of art from international artists, female artists and performance-related art on display.

The producers get exclusive access to the galleries secret stores where some of the new work was being held in anticipation of the redevelopments completion. The expansion of the Tate Modern divided opinion among the general public, it was welcomed in some quarters but criticised by others for the huge public expense.

Contributions come from various celebrated figures including artists Tracey Emin and Antony Gormley, the comedians Harry Hill and Vic Reeves, and some eminent art critics.

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