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July 12, 2008

Tate Triennial 2009 3 February 2008 – 26 May 2009 Tate Britain

Tate’s fourth Triennial exhibition, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud who co-founded the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, opens at Tate Britain in February 2009. It explores a new concept, defined by him as ‘the Altermodern. The term describes art made in today’s global context which is a reaction against standardisation and commercialism. A series of one-day events, or Prologues, are taking place in the lead up to the show, to introduce and provoke debate on the Triennial’s themes. Each Prologue includes films, performances and talks.

This art is characterised by artists’ cross-border, cross-cultural negotiations; a new real and virtual mobility; the surfing of different disciplines; the use of fiction as an expression of autonomy; concern with sustainable development and the celebration of difference and singularity.

The exhibition will map out this altermodern culturescape, presenting works by artists living in the UK, British artists living abroad and ‘passers by’, and includes new and specially commissioned works.

A series of four one-day events, or Prologues, are taking place in the lead up to the show, to introduce and provoke debate around the Triennial’s themes.

With contributions from prominent writers, art historians, artists and philosophers, including Tom McCarthy, Jordi Vidal, TJ Demos, Carsten Holler, Christian Marclay and Bob and Roberta Smith, each Prologue will comprise lectures, performances, film and a manifesto text and will attempt to define more precisely one of the four main facets of Altermodern: the end of postmodernism; cultural hybridisation; travelling as a new way to produce forms and the expanding formats of art.

Tate Triennial 2009 Prologue 1 Altermodern

Tate Triennial 2009 Prologue 2 Exiles

Altermodern Manifesto POSTMODERNISM IS DEAD


The world as a waste of space Laura Cumming,  The Observer

‘The richest and most generous Tate Triennial yet’, Adrian Searle

Altermodern, Tate Triennial 2009, review by Richard Dorment. Telegraph

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