Virtually explore Tate Modern with Smarthistory as your guide
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Ai Weiwei planted seeds for change—100 million of them—at Tate Modern.
John Cage and Richter never met, but there was a kinship between these two artists with diverse practices.
Dalí’s forms are mirrored and doubled in this disconcerting painting, made in a state of “paranoiac critical activity.”
Coping with the death of his lover, Bacon paints figures who decompose and fuse together in front of our eyes.
We’re sick with the illness of the 20th century, and only a clay-powered wooden battery thing can help.
Unusually, two figures make up this self-portrait, which is all sexuality but no passion.
Although Salcedo’s exhibit at Tate Modern ended in 2008, the scar remains—a reminder that the past can’t be erased.
Beuys understood his art as a way to heal post-WWII Germany, but that may not be readily apparent from this work.