Tate Frieze £150k Acquisition Fund A Decisive Contribution To The National Collection


This year, £150,000 has been made available for the Fund. With Tate’s annual government grant for acquisitions effectively frozen since 1982, the Fund provides a much-needed contribution toward Tate’s ongoing campaign to develop the collection.  Details of the works, which have been acquired by Tate through the 2016 Frieze Tate Fund to benefit the Tate Collection, will be announced at a special event at Tate Modern on Thursday 6 October 2016. The Fund, which returns this year supported for the first time by WME | IMG, allows Tate to buy important works at Frieze for the national collection.

The Fund enables Tate to acquire works by emerging and leading international artists at the Fair. To date, more than 100 works have been acquired, many of which are currently on show in the inaugural display in the new development of Tate Modern.

The selection panel includes two guest curators: Jarosław Suchan, Director, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz; and María Inés Rodríguez, Director, CAPC  (Contemporary Art Museum), Bordeaux; working with two Tate curators: Clara Kim, The Daskalopoulos Senior Curator, International Art (Africa, Asia & Middle East); and Clarrie Wallis, Senior Curator of Contemporary British Art.

Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate said, “The Frieze Tate Fund has made a decisive contribution to the national collection of contemporary art at Tate. We are once again excited to be able to select work from Frieze so that a broad public at Tate can experience new art as it emerges. We are extremely grateful both to WME | IMG and to Frieze for their support.

Victoria Siddall, Director, Frieze Fairs said, “It is very meaningful for galleries and artists when works are purchased by Tate for the national collection, so I am thrilled that the Frieze Tate Fund returns this year, thanks to WME | IMG. The fund launched in 2003 and was the first museum acquisition fund connected to an art fair. We were particularly proud to see 12 works that have been purchased by the Fund in the new hang at Tate, including Roman Ondak’s Queue, the collection’s first piece of performance art. I look forward to discovering the works selected by Tate this year.”

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Frieze is a media and events company that comprises four publications, frieze magazine, frieze d/e, Frieze Masters Magazine and Frieze Week; and three international art fairs, Frieze London, Frieze New York and Frieze Masters; and frieze.com – the definitive resource for contemporary art and culture.

Frieze was founded in 1991 by Amanda Sharp, Matthew Slotover and Tom Gidley with the launch of frieze magazine, a leading magazine of contemporary art and culture. Sharp and Slotover established Frieze London in 2003, one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs which takes place each October in The Regent’s Park, London. In 2012, Frieze launched Frieze New York taking place in May; and Frieze Masters, which coincides with Frieze London in October and is dedicated to art from ancient to modern.


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