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New Display opens at Tate Modern

Oct 18 2008 17:08
James Lewis
TH.2058 by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster was unveiled this week at the Tate Modern. It consists of a range of artwork designed to give a disturbing glimpse into the future of London.
The shape of things to come?

The Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern has once again been redesigned for the Unilever series of artworks. The new instalment by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster is a disturbing vision of the future. Entitled TH.2058 the work uses a mix of sculpture, film, books and bunk beds to create a bleak version of London fifty years from now. The Tate has been cast as a shelter for people and art from incessant rain and an unknown threat.

Giant sculptures tower over rows of metal beds furnished only with science fiction novels, among them The War of the Worlds by Imperial alumnus H. G. Wells. On the far wall a large screen shows clips from films such as Solaris and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The collective effect of these works is impressive but there is also a sense of disappointment that hardly any of the display consists of an original creation by the artist. The sculptures are either larger versions of works by other artists or pieces loaned from other galleries. Gonzalez-Foerster has acted more as a curator than an artist.

Despite this TH.2058 is still well worth going to see as it features some amazing sculpture, in particular Felix by Maurizio Cattelan and the artist's reproduction of Bourgeois's Maman. More information is available on the Tate's website, the exhibition runs until April 13th next year.

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