Tate Modern Hosts Live Art In Upcycled Oil Tanks


Unique underground space permanently devoted to moving performances and installations.

Yi Chen
  • 27 april 2012

As part of the London 2012 Festival, Tate Modern has sourced an underground location to become the world’s first museum to permanently dedicate a space to live art. The installations and performances will be hosted in oil tanks that have been unused since 1981.

Simply referred to as ‘The Tanks,’ the £50-million-project hopes to attract more visitors and the large chambers will provide adequate space for audience participation. Nicholas Serota, Director at Tate Modern, commented that:

This is an exciting moment for the Tate. Over the last 10 years we have been responding to the way art and artists have evolved in their thinking. The public wishes to engage with these works in a very different way from simply going into a gallery and observing a work on a wall. We will see many more works which involve the spectator. There is an incredible appetite for participation.

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