Treble chance to see the work of Tacita Dean
Three of the UK’s most important galleries have announced an unprecedented collaboration in which they will stage exhibitions of different aspects of work by the artist Tacita Dean.
In 2018, the National Portrait Gallery will show Dean’s portrait work, the National Gallery will show still life and the Royal Academy landscape.
Dean, a Briton based in Berlin and Los Angeles, is primarily known for film work such as her commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2011 (above).
The three-gallery project came about after the National Portrait Gallery began discussions with Dean for what will be its first-ever exhibition devoted to the medium of film.
Its director, Nicholas Cullinan, said he became aware that the Royal Academy had also approached Dean about a show for its 250th year: “We thought a more interesting model, rather than try to compete and say ‘you’ve got to choose one’, was to collaborate.”
After more discussions it became clear there was a side to Dean’s work that was missing, which is why the National Gallery came on board. “We now have this wonderful idea of one artist, three venues, three genres,” Cullinan said. “It has been very organic and such a great collaboration.” The National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery shows will run simultaneously from 15 March to 28 May and while the dates have yet to be announced for the Royal Academy show it will overlap with the other two. Dean (left) said it was a great honour to work with the three galleries: “It has been a huge pleasure developing the structure of these exhibitions with everyone involved and daring to gently nudge pre-existing orthodoxies about what constitutes a landscape, portrait and still life.”