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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Cildo Meireles

Today we arrive Tate Modern – Cildo Meireles, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

This gallery showcases the work of Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles. The room houses a single work by the artist. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss this!

1. Babel, 2001 by Cildo Meireles

Image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • This gallery is dedicated to a single installation work by Conceptual artist Cildo Meireles.
  • The work consists of hundreds of old analogue radios that are stacked together to form a circular tower-like structure.
  • Interestingly, each of these radios are also functional. Although they are turned on on their lowest volume setting. The viewer – and listener in this case – can hear multiple voices and noises simultaneously. But all the audio is indecipherable and overlapping.
  • Through her work, Meireles alludes to the biblical Tower of Babel. As the story goes, this biblical tower was very tall and thus connected Earth to heaven. However, God, angered by this, made all the builders of the tower speak different languages. They all travelled to different parts of the world. Consequently, war and conflict developed in the world.

A Final Thought : Cildo Meireles

About her installation, Meireles told Tate Modern :

“Babel began in 1990 on Canal Street, in New York. There were eleven years of notes before I finally realised the work in 2001, in Helsinki, at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Upon observing the quantity and diversity of radios and all the different types of sound objects that were sold around Canal Street, I thought of making a work with radios. Radios are interesting because they are physically similar and at the same time each radio is unique.”


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And also what you should see there. 

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