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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Gustave Metzger

Today we arrive Tate Modern – Gustave Metzger, for our Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula. Today we discover the Tate under the directorship of Dugald MacColl.

This gallery showcases the works of Metzger. Metzger narrowly escaped the Nazis when he fled to America. His art is informed by his experiences during the Holocaust. Presented here are our top two must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Painting on Cardboard, 1961 – 1962, by Gustav Metzger
2. Liquid Crystal Environment, 1965, by Gustav Metzger

Image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum : Dugald MacColl as director

  • Dugald Sutherland MacColl served as the 2nd director of the Tate, just before Aitken was appointed. He was an artist himself – specialising in water colours. He was also an art critic – and a very vocal one at that. MacColl spearheaded several campaigns to endorse the arts in the United Kingdom. He had openly accused the Royal Academy and the estate of Sir Francis Chantrey of buying unimpressive and mediocre art for public display. In another instance he convinced the government to set up the National Art Collections Fund to support the arts. Perhaps these strong opinions made him a suitable candidate to lead the Tate. However, people assumed that once he was director, Dugald MacColl would stop openly campaigning against and criticising the system. He however, did not.
  • MacColl’s strong opinions were both an asset and a liability to the Tate.
  • Before Dugald MacColl, Charles Holroyd was the very first director or ‘keeper’ of the Tate. He served from 1897 to 1906. Holroyd was a scholar and also an artist. He was a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers. His main contribution was forming the collection of works by Alfred Stevens.

A Final Thought :

And so we have it, the entire lineage of keepers and directors of the Tate. Under whom the galleries have bloomed.


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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