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May 2008

Norman Parkinson, Wenda, Times Square, NYC, September 1949
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Friday 23 - Monday 26 May

This month sees the return of Tate Modern's spectacular weekend festival. Come play during the daytime for exciting Fluxus-inspired free events, plus book your tickets now for unmissable one-off evening performances in the epic Turbine Hall.

Evening events:

23 May
The distorition-fuelled sounds of Congolese band Konono No.1 are combined in a special live performance with film screenings from the maverick African director Djibril Diop Mambéty.
24 May
A spectacular presentation of Nan Goldin's iconic slide projections documenting the vibrant New York subculture with a newly commissioned live soundtrack.
25 May
Screenings of early computer animation from groundbreaking pioneers including Stan Vanderbeek and Lillian Schwartz, transform the Turbine Hall with digital rhythms of colour and sound.

Opening up art
Tate Modern Collection with UBS

Media Partner: Metro  
Sizeart, Untitled, 2007
Acrylic on Linen cloth 130 x 97cm Galeria N2. 2007. Barcelona, Spain
Tate Modern
23 May - 25 August
Admission free

An awesome line-up of acclaimed street artists have created gigantic new art works on the external walls of Tate Modern overlooking the Thames. An eclectic group of artists from New York, São Paulo, Barcelona, Bologna, Paris and London, who have worked in both street and gallery environments, are showing work, including including Sixeart, Os Gemeos, Faile, Nunca and Blu. You can take part in an urban trail to discover street art near Tate Modern on the Street Art Walking Tour – pick up a copy when you visit.

Sponsored by Nissan Qashqai
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Derek Jarman
Imagining October, 1984
© courtesy James Mackay
Derek Jarman Imagining October, 1984 © courtesy James Mackay
Friday 2 May, 18.00-22.00

Visit the mystical landscapes of Derek Jarman's experimental films at Late at Tate this month. For the first time in the UK, a selection of rarely-seen Super 8 films are showing at Tate Britain plus a screening of Derek, the incredible documentary by British film-maker Isaac Julien. Don't miss Peter Tatchell and Colin McCabe as they discuss Janman's work.
See Peter Doig and Modern Painters for half price.
Norman Parkinson, Wenda, Times Square, NYC, September 1949
Norman Parkinson
Wenda, Times Square, NYC, September 1949
© courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive, London
Tate Modern
22 May - 31 August

Street & Studio is a stunning major exhibition of photography which gathers together works by some of the world's most famous and talented photographers. It presents a fascinating history of photographic portraiture taken on the street or in the studio. Photographers whose work is on show include Francis Alÿs, Diane Arbus, Cecil Beaton, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, Paul Strand, Juergen Teller, Wolfgang Tillmans and James Van Der Zee.

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Street & Studio shop

Organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Museum Folkwang, Essen
Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1917 Replica 1964
Marcel Duchamp
Fountain 1917 Replica 1964
Tate © Succession Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP Paris, and DACS, London 2008
Tate Modern
Until 26 May

'Tate Modern's most significant, illuminating exhibition since Matisse Picasso.' Financial Times
'triple-whammy show' The Sunday Times
This major exhibition at Tate Modern looks at Duchamp as the father of conceptual art, alongside his artist friends Man Ray (famous for inventing solarised photography), and Francis Picabia, known for his early abstract paintings and late nudes. Together, the three of them were notorious for mercilessly lampooning the pretensions of 'high art', employing jokes, eroticism and wordplay to great effect.

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Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia catalogue and gifts

Supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the American Patrons of Tate, courtesy of the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Media partner: The Times
Peter Doig, Milky Way, 1989 / 90
Peter Doig
Milky Way 1989 / 90
© The artist courtesy Victoria Miro Gallery, London. Photo: John Jones Fine Art Photography
Tate Britain
Extended until 11 May

'easily the most enthralling show in town' The Observer
'a latter-day Turner' ***** The Evening Standard
'a modern master of landscapes' The Economist
"I don't believe Doig is capable of making a boring painting" The Guardian

This stunningly beautiful major painting exhibition includes many pieces which have never previously been shown in the UK. Using photographic images from newspapers or snapshots as a starting point, Doig recasts everyday imagery to present the viewer with imaginary and evocative landscapes and figure scenes.

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Shop for Peter Doig catalogue

Supported by the Peter Doig Exhibition Supporters Group
Media partner: The Independent
Charles Ginner, Victoria Embankment Gardens, 1912
Charles Ginner
Victoria Embankment Gardens 1912
Tate © The estate of Charles Ginner
Tate Britain
Until 5 May

Inspired by the work of Van Gogh and Gauguin, the Camden Town Group introduced Post-Impressionism to Britain. This fascinating exhibition of innovative paintings focuses on key themes in the Group's work: London life, people, style, sex and the infamous Camden Town murder. 

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Modern Painters: The Camden Town Group shop

Supported by Tate Patrons
Media partner: The Independent
Gustav Klimt, The Golden Knight (Life is a Struggle), 1903
Gustav Klimt
The Golden Knight (Life is a Struggle) 1903
© Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya
Tate Liverpool
Opens 30 May

A once in a lifetime experience at Tate Liverpool with the first major exhibition of Gustav Klimt's work ever staged in the UK.  

This sublime exhibition focuses on the life and art of one of the world's most influential and revered artists during a Golden Age of 20th-century design.

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Gustav Klimt catalogue

Supported by the Liverpool Culture Company as part of European Capital of Culture 2008
Media Partner - The Times
Richard Deacon, 9 x 9, 2005. © The artist
Richard Deacon
9 x 9 2005
© The artist
Tate St Ives
Until 11 May

A master printer established originally in London then Cornwall, Stoneman (1947-2005) was renowned for his unique collaborations with national and international artists. He ensured that through the artistic qualities of print media, their work found new relationships between image and material. The exhibition celebrates his career, and showcases his ability to work in an extraordinary range of expressive styles revisiting some of his key collaborations with painters, photographers and sculptors.
Credit for top image:
Norman Parkinson
Wenda, Times Square, NYC, September 1949
© courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive, London