Tate Modern today announced a new annual commission to support experimental and visionary new work. It will provide a platform for international artists at the forefront of contemporary practice to realise innovative and forward-thinking projects at a crucial point in their careers.
Fig. above: The Tanks at Tate Modern. Photo © Iwan Baan
The name of the Infinity Commission reflects the boundless curiosity of contemporary artists, the multitude of tools and technologies they use, and the limitless diversity of their approaches. The first exhibition will open in spring 2025 in The Tanks, Tate Modern’s unique spaces for performance, film and installation, and will be open to the public free of charge each year.
Catherine Wood, Tate Modern’s Director of Programmes, said: “Artists have always been innovators, taking ideas, materials and technologies in unexpected directions and pushing them to their limits. Today, such artists work in highly inventive ways, freely crossing a variety of disciplines to create speculative, disruptive or immersive projects that fall outside conventional artistic categories. The Infinity Commission will home this kind of innovative work at Tate Modern and make it accessible to a wider audience.”
Each year, an invited panel of experts will select an artist for the commission. The artist will then create a major new work to be unveiled in the Tanks the following spring. In addition, the panel will also select three other artists to receive £10,000 of research and development funding to support the advancement of their work. The commissioned artist and the R&D funding recipients will all discuss their practice at a public ‘show and tell’ event. This event will also explore the latest thinking on contemporary culture, technology and creative innovation through a keynote speech from a prominent specialist in the field.
The first year’s selection panel comprises:
Brian Eno, musician and artist
Oulimata Gueye, critic and curator
Anne Imhof, artist
Andrea Lissoni, Artistic Director of Haus der Kunst in Munich
Legacy Russell, Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Kitchen in New York
In summer 2024 the panel will select the first artist to be commissioned. The artist’s new work will be unveiled in The Tanks at Tate Modern in spring 2025, coinciding with the first annual event.
Tate Gallery of Modern Art (Tate Modern)
Bankside, London SE1 9TG