Frieze 2017

New Tate fund puts performance centre-stage

Scheme aims to bridge gap between collecting and displaying the medium

A 2013 performance in Tate Modern's underground Tanks Christa Holka

The Tate in London has launched a fund to enable the museum to display the performance art in its collection. “Museum resources are geared towards displaying works in traditional media, but there is a gap between collecting [performance] works and displaying them,” says Catherine Wood, the Tate’s senior curator of international art (performance). Works in the collection include pieces by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and Tino Sehgal. The UK collector Catherine Petitgas, the chair of the Tate’s International Council, is backing the new scheme. “Contributors must make a financial commitment for two years,” Wood says.

Appeared in The Art Newspaper, 294 October 2017