Tre­ble chance to see the work of Tacita Dean

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Mark Brown

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.”

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