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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Citizens

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

The works in this gallery were inspired by themes of citizenship and civil rights. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Urvashi – Street play, ‘Om Swaha’, Mehrauli, Delhi, 2014, by Sheba Chhachhi
2. Civil Tapestry 4, 2011, by Theaster Gates
3. Albertina Sisulu, 1983, by Sue Williamson

Image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • Time and again countries across the globe have seen the civil rights of its citizens challenged in times of adversity. War, slavery, colonialism – all these have often led to the suspension of basic human rights. The art in this collection is connected to these themes – of rights, equality, politics and citizenship.
  • Once again, as we journey through the collection at the Tate Modern, we find ourselves in the middle of yet another intriguing dialogue – represented through visual art. The subject matter presented in this gallery politically charged. Further, in some cases, even the medium and materials chosen by the artists have certain political or economic significance.
  • We find ourselves exploring concepts of national identity and individual identity. We also question : is it justified to deny citizens their basic rights in order to protect the interests of a ‘nation’?

A Final Thought : Citizens

Tate Modern houses a collection of international Contemporary and Modern art. The works are presented in a way that promotes dialogue and discussion around certain themes that are crucial to the history, evolution and development of these works and styles.


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 what you should see there. 

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