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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Living Cities

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

The art in this gallery explores structures of the modern city. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Untitled (Ghardaïa), 2009, by Kader Attia
2. Red, 1968 – 1975, by Boris Mikhailov
3. Beirut Caoutchouc, 2004 – 2008, by Marwan Rechmaoui

Image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • The Living Cities exhibit will be on display until 3rd January 2021 at the George Economou Gallery at Tate Modern. The exhibit first opened on 14th June 2016.
  • The works exhibited here are by city-based artists. Each artist explores differences and similarities between the places they travel to. Beirut, Los Angeles, Kharkov and Cairo are some of the cities represented here.
  • No matter where in the world you travel to, the features of the urban city are standardised. The differences seep in based on local culture. Therefore, the artists go beyond these similarities to highlight the distinctions between the cityscapes they know and love. Be it architecture, people, way of life. These subjects and ideas are presented through art.

A Final Thought : Living Cities at the Tate

Not only do the artworks thematically represent certain cities. But the materials each work is made from is also representative of a certain part of the world. Artists have locally sourced materials, depending on availability and local culture. Therefore, even the raw materials used are packed with socio-cultural context. While a few artists have chosen to provide a brief overview of their cities, others have taken a deep dive into what it means to live there.


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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