Tate, National Gallery And Royal Academy To Reopen In July

Tate To Reopen In July

You saw it here first, Tate, The National Gallery and the Royal Academy have announced plans to reopen in July.  Tate will open all four of its galleries on 27 July 2020. People will once again be able to visit the national collection of art on display at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives, featuring hundreds of artworks from across the centuries and around the world. See Full List of Reopened Galleries  HERE

The Royal Academy Also Will reopen to the public from the 16th July.  The Royal Academy stated that it will reopen to Friends of the Royal Academy on Thursday 9 July and to the public on Thursday 16 July. The RA has been closed for nearly 4 months due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The RA will open in phases, initially for 4 days a week: Thursday to Sunday, 11am – 4pm and the five-star exhibition, Picasso and Paper, which has been extended until Sunday 2 August, will be on view in the Main Galleries. Friends of the Royal Academy, the RA’s membership programme, will be given access from Thursday 9 July to Sunday 12 July, followed by the public from Thursday 16 July.

Royal Academy to reopen in July
Royal Academy to reopen in July

Guided by the latest official advice, Tate is currently working hard on its preparations to welcome the public back to its galleries. To manage numbers and ensure everyone can keep a safe distance from each other, all visitors, including Members, will need to book a timed ticket online in advance. Tickets will be available from next week at tate.org.uk alongside the latest information and guidance on how to visit. Visitors can follow Tate’s social media to hear details as and when they are confirmed.

As well as the collection displays at all four Tate galleries, Tate Modern will reopen with Andy Warhol and Kara Walker’s Hyundai Commission Fons Americanus. Tate Britain will reopen with Aubrey Beardsley and Steve McQueen’s Year 3installation. Tate Liverpool will unveil new work by Mikhail Karikis, and Tate St Ives will reopen the Naum Gabo exhibition.

Maria Balshaw, Director, Tate said: “We’re all looking forward to welcoming visitors back to Tate. Art and culture play vital roles in our lives, and many of us have been craving that irreplaceable feeling of being face-to-face with a great work of art. Our number one priority remains that everyone stays safe and well, so we will continue to monitor the situation in the weeks ahead, work closely with Government and colleagues, and make all the changes necessary for a safe reopening.”

Lionel Barber, Chair, Tate said: “The role of our national cultural institutions is more vital today than ever before. During the closure Tate’s dedicated staff have found new and creative ways to allow our audiences to enjoy art in the virtual world using our digital platforms. My fellow trustees are delighted that from 27 July the public will once again see Tate’s world-leading collection and exhibitions in person”.

The National Gallery will reopen from the 8th July
The National Gallery will reopen from the 8th July

As a result of the closure, some of Tate’s upcoming exhibition programme has been modified. This autumn, Tate Britain will open Turner’s Modern World and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, while Tate Modern will open Zanele Muholi and Bruce Nauman. The autumn will also see Tate Liverpool open Don McCullin and Tate St Ives open Haegue Yang. Some exhibitions have been rescheduled to 2021, with new dates to be announced in due course. Talks, workshops, performances and film screenings will be replaced with a new programme of online events for the duration of this year.

Anne Barlow, Director, Tate St Ives said: “We are delighted to be welcoming back our local communities and our visitors to Tate St Ives. As well as the collection displays and the highly acclaimed Naum Gabo exhibition, we will also reopen the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, located a short walk from the gallery. Visitors will be able to book tickets online for both sites together, which makes for a fantastic immersion into the local, national and international significance of this artistic community.”

Alex Farquharson, Director, Tate Britain said: “After this long period in lockdown, we hope the public will enjoy returning to Tate Britain’s displays of 500 years of British art, visiting old friends and making new ones amongst the works in our collection. We’re particularly pleased to be extending Steve McQueen’s Year 3. As a vast collective portrait of a future generation of Londoners it feels especially resonant at this time.”

Helen Legg, Director, Tate Liverpool said: “We are excited to be bringing the much-anticipated Don McCullin exhibition to Liverpool in the autumn and to be able to extend it well into 2021 so visitors have longer to immerse themselves in his extraordinary images. It is also wonderful to reopen with a new commission, Ferocious Love by Mikhail Karikis, who worked with young people to explore themes of community and togetherness as we step into a changing and uncertain future. Commissioned before the pandemic, it could not be more relevant in this moment.”

Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern said: “Over the past few months we have been working hard to reschedule upcoming projects with artists, lenders and museum partners around the world, as well as to extend some of those that were due to close this summer, like Kara Walker’s Hyundai Commission and Ed Ruscha’s ARTIST ROOMS display. I particularly hope that this reopening moment will bring renewed attention to our world-class collection, which sits at the heart of everything we do here at Tate Modern, and which will once again be accessible to everyone for free.”


UNTIL 6 SEP 2020

A shy, gay man from a religious, migrant, low income household, Andy Warhol (1928–87) went on to forge his own distinct path and emerge as the epitome of the pop art movement. This major exhibition offers visitors a rare personal insight into how Warhol and his work marked a period of cultural transformation. Drawing upon recent scholarship, it provides a new lens through which to view this American icon.

Presented in The Eyal Ofer Galleries. In partnership with Bank of America. With additional support from the Andy Warhol Exhibition Supporters Circle, Tate Americas Foundation, Tate International Council, Tate Patrons and Tate Members. Organised by Tate Modern and Museum Ludwig, Cologne in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and Denver Art Museum.

UNTIL 8 NOV 2020

Fons Americanus is a monumental fountain created by Kara Walker (b.1969) for Tate Modern’s annual Hyundai Commission. Best known for her provocative and candid investigations of race, sexuality and violence through the history of slavery, Walker has transformed the Turbine Hall with an origin story of the African diaspora, posing timely questions about what is remembered and what is forgotten in public monuments.

In partnership with Hyundai Motor. Supported by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., with additional support from Tate Americas Foundation.

7 OCT 2020 – 21 FEB 2021

Bruce Nauman (b.1941) is a restlessly inventive artist who has spent over 50 years continually testing what an artwork can be. His ground-breaking works using sound, film, video, neon, holograms and 3D have influenced generations of artists. This will be the first major exhibition of his work in London in more than 20 years and will invite visitors to experience the artist’s creative universe through sound, light and moving image.

Supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art. With additional support from the Bruce Nauman Exhibition Supporters Circle, Tate Americas Foundation, Tate International Council and Tate Patrons. Organised by Tate Modern and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in collaboration with Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan.

5 NOV 2020 – 14 MAR 2021

Visual activist Zanele Muholi (b.1972) came to prominence with photographs that told the stories of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex lives in South Africa. This exhibition will present the full breadth of Muholi’s career to date, bringing together works which challenge dominant ideologies and present the experiences of human beings bravely existing in the face of prejudice, intolerance and often violence.

Supported by the Zanele Muholi Exhibition Supporters Circle, Tate Patrons and Tate Members. Research supported by Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational in partnership with Hyundai Motor. Organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, Gropius Bau, Berlin and Bildmuseet at Umeå University.


UNTIL 20 SEP 2020

Aubrey Beardsley (1872-98) shocked and delighted late-Victorian London with his sinuous black and white drawings. He explored the erotic and elegant, the humorous and grotesque, winning admirers around the world with his distinctive style. For the first time in over half a century, this exhibition presents the full sweep of Beardsley’s intense and prolific career, cut short by his untimely death from tuberculosis at the age of 25.

Supported by the Aubrey Beardsley Exhibition Supporters Circle, Tate Americas Foundation and Tate Members. Organised by Tate Britain in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

UNTIL 31 JAN 2021

Using the vehicle of the traditional school class photograph, this vast new artwork offers a glimpse of London’s future: a hopeful portrait of a generation to come. Steve McQueen (b.1969) invited every Year 3 pupil in the capital to be photographed and brought these images together into a single large-scale installation, capturing tens of thousands of young faces at a milestone moment in their development.

Steve McQueen Year 3 is a partnership between Tate, Artangel and A New Direction. Supported by Joseph and Abigail Baratta, De Ying Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies, with additional support from Dana and Albert R. Broccoli Charitable Foundation, The Garcia Family Foundation, Wagner Foundation and Tate Americas Foundation. With film education charity partner Into Film.

28 OCT 2020 – 7 MAR 2021

One of Britain’s greatest artists, J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) lived and worked at the peak of the industrial revolution, when steam replaced sail, machine-power replaced manpower, and political and social reforms transformed society. Tate Britain will reveal how Turner faced these challenges head-on, capturing the birth of the modern world. The exhibition will explore his fascination with new technology and his engagement with major social upheavals, including the Napoleonic War, the 1832 Reform Act and the campaign against slavery.

Supported by the Manton Foundation. With additional support from the Turner’s Modern World Exhibition Supporters Circle, Tate Americas Foundation, Tate Patrons and Tate Members. Organised by Tate Britain in collaboration with the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

18 NOV 2020 – 9 MAY 2021

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (b.1977) is a British artist and writer acclaimed for her enigmatic portraits of figures drawn from found images and her own imagination. This exhibition will bring together around 80 paintings and works on paper in the most extensive survey of the artist’s career to date. Both familiar and mysterious, her works seem to exist outside of a specific time or place, inviting viewers to project their own interpretations and raising important questions of identity and representation.

Supported by Denise Coates Foundation, with additional support from the Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Exhibition Supporters Circle, Tate Americas Foundation, Tate Patrons and Tate Members.


27 JUL – 22 NOV 2020

Ferocious Love is a new audio-visual installation by Mikhail Karikis (b.1975) reflecting on young people’s views of an environmentally uncertain future. The sound of wildfires, flooding and other extremes of weather will be interpreted by the protest choir The Liverpool Socialist Singers, alongside a video installation created with students from Birmingham School of Art. The exhibition is Tate Liverpool’s annual We Have Your Art Gallery commission, in which artists work alongside communities to produce a collaborative artwork.

Sponsored by Birmingham City University.

16 SEP 2020 – 9 MAY 2021

Tate Liverpool will present a major retrospective of the legendary British photographer Don McCullin (b.1935). Unforgettable images of conflict from around the world, including Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Lebanon and Biafra, will be shown alongside his work made in the north of England, his travel assignments and his long-term engagement with landscape. Exclusively for its presentation at Tate Liverpool, the show will also feature a number of images of Liverpool and other northern towns and cities during the 1960s and 70s.

Supported by Tate Members.


UNTIL 27 SEP 2020

Tate St Ives presents the UK’s first large-scale exhibition of Naum Gabo (1890-1977) in over 30 years, marking the centenary of his Realistic Manifesto, a seminal proclamation of the modernist era. This is a rare opportunity to see the full scope of Gabo’s experimental work in sculpture, painting, drawing and architectural projects. The exhibition offers a fresh perspective on Gabo’s groundbreaking practice and reveals how this visionary of his era became fundamental to developments in 20th century art.

24 OCT 2020 – 3 MAY 2021

Tate St Ives will stage the UK’s largest exhibition to date by celebrated South Korean artist Haegue Yang (b.1971). Renowned for creating immersive environments from a diverse range of materials, Yang’s sculptures and installations often use industrially made objects, interwoven with labour-intensive and craft-based processes. These processes reflect pagan cultures and their deep connection with various seasonal rituals in relation to natural phenomena.

Royal Academy Revised Exhibition Programme 2020

Picasso and Paper

Main Galleries
Until 2 August 2020

Léon Spilliaert

The Jillian and Arthur M. Sackler Wing of Galleries
Temporarily closed due to access restrictions. Details to follow in due course.

Gauguin and the Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Ordrupgaard Collection

The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries 7 August – 18 October 2020

Summer Exhibition 2020

Main Galleries Reopen
6 October 2020 – 3 January 2021

Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul

The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries 15 November 2020 – 28 February 2021

The Royal Academy’s 2020 exhibition dates are subject to change.

Exhibition postponements

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic the following exhibitions, which were due to be held in 2020, have been postponed:
Marina Abramović: postponed until autumn 2021 (exact dates to be announced)
RA Schools Show 2020: postponed to June 2021(exact dates to be announced)

Exhibition cancellations

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic the following exhibitions, which were due to be held in 2020, have been cancelled:
Angelica Kauffman
Cezanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings

The National Gallery

After an unprecedented 111 days with its doors closed, the National Gallery will start welcoming visitors again on Wednesday 8 July – the first major national art museum to reopen in the UK to reopen after the coronavirus shutdown.

We have made the decision to reopen based on government guidelines as we want to reunite the nation with its collection. After making some changes to the Gallery that put your safety, and the safety of our staff, first – this is now possible.

In line with best practice learnt from colleagues in European and American museums which have opened ahead of us, all visits will be booked online and in advance. This is to help us manage the number of people in the Gallery, limit queueing and reduce contact.

Entrance will be via the Sainsbury Wing Entrance and exit through the Getty Entrance; there will be 2m social distancing measures in place throughout the Gallery. As part of our new safety measures, we have introduced three one-way art routes to guide you through different areas of the collection* – you will still see the paintings you know and love as you are taken through the Gallery, with opportunities to choose which art journey your visit will take.

You will be able to download our online map ahead of your visit or view it on your smart phone, and visitors can access extensive information on each painting through the Gallery website. When walking through the art routes you can also get extra information by downloading the Smartify app for free and use your phone to scan the paintings.

The universally acclaimed Titian: Love, Desire, Death exhibition, that had to close after just 3 days, will also reopen and has been extended until 17 January 2021. Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age has also been extended, until 20 September 2020.
Providing a safe and enjoyable experience is our priority; in order to achieve this an enhanced cleaning regime will be in operation. We have installed higher efficiency filters in the air-conditioning system throughout the Gallery and are increasing the flow of fresh air. Perspex protection panels will be in place at Ticket and Information desks, along with the shop and café counters too, and there will be plenty of hand sanitizer at regular intervals throughout the building.  For added reassurance that the National Gallery is a safe place to work and visit, we have provided personal protective equipment for our staff (including face masks, gloves and eye protection) and we are also recommending that all our visitors wear a face covering during their visit.
Although we will still be open 7-days a week, there will be shorter opening hours to begin with (daily 11am-4pm, Friday 11am-9pm), and a reduced maximum capacity for visitors.  The Getty Shop will be open, as will the National Café which will have a takeaway offer.
There are many exciting new things to see in the Gallery as it re-opens:
• Room 32 – the Gallery’s largest and one of the most visited rooms displaying 17th-century Italian paintings by artists including Caravaggio, Artemisia and Orazio Gentileschi, Guido Reni and Guercino – will reopen after a 21-month refurbishment project, as the Julia and Hans Rausing Room. Thanks to their support, the Gallery has re-instated the decorative design of its original architect, Edward M Barry, replaced the wooden floors and wall fabrics, and installed an air conditioning system.
• A number of newly-acquired paintings – Liotard’s The Lavergne Family Breakfast (1754), Gainsborough’s Portrait of Margaret Gainsborough holding a Theorbo (about 1777) and our very first Sorolla (The Drunkard, Zaraúz, 1910).
• The newly restored Equestrian Portrait of Charles I by Van Dyck (about 1637/8) will be back on show in Room 21 after more than two years. This monumental work (measuring 367 × 292.1 cm) has been off display since September 2017 undergoing conservation.
• Some new and ambitious hangs in the Dutch and British collections, including the two works by Turner (Dido building Carthage (1815) and Sun rising through Vapour (before 1807)) that are always hung together with A Seaport (1644) and The Mill (1648) by Claude in accordance with Turner’s will, relocated from Room 15 to the dramatic setting of the Barry Rooms.
Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, London says “The prospect of reopening is hugely exciting. I believe there is also something symbolic in the Gallery being the first major national art museum to reopen. We want to be a part of the nation’s recovery story and by opening the doors and letting the public back in to see our inspiring pictures, we want to make an important contribution to the process.”
“When you visit, you’ll notice we’ve made a few changes. These help us put your safety, as well as the safety of our staff, first – but we are the same Gallery you know and love, just with added social distancing and one-way art routes. The National Gallery will soon be open again and we are ready to welcome you back.”  
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, says “I’m so delighted this national treasure will be one of the first to open its doors to once again share its priceless collections.  As our museums and galleries open, I am sure the British public will support them and help our precious cultural institutions bounce back. The reopening of the world-renowned National Gallery on the 8th July can’t come soon enough.”
For those people unable to see the nation’s paintings in person at this time, the National Gallery will continue to work hard to bring its pictures to their homes in the major digital programme it launched after the doors in Trafalgar Square temporarily shut. Through its digital initiatives the National Gallery will continue to be open 24/7 with free art for everyone, anywhere, online.

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