Rachel Whiteread is next, but where are the other Turbine Hall commissions now?

Most are extremely difficult to redisplay elsewhere


Tate Modern has announced that Rachel Whiteread is the next artist who has been commissioned to create a site-specific installation for the gallery’s vast Turbine Hall. Ms Whiteread’s installation, to be unveiled in October, is the sixth in a series sponsored by Anglo-Dutch consumer-goods giant Unilever.

In 1999, the firm pledged £1.25 million ($2.3 million) to sponsor the installations for five years, and last year pledged additional funding for the series to continue until 2008.

Since Tate Modern opened in 2000, the Turbine Hall installations have proved immensely popular sometimes pulling in bigger crowds than many of the institution’s exhibitions. But what happens to the huge installations, when they are taken down? In the first instance, they are returned to the artists who made them. Some are then offered for sale. We found out where they are now.