We’re proud to announce a new exhibition at the Tate Modern in London, ‘The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection’, will open on 10 November 2016.
This major exhibition draws from one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography and presents an unrivalled selection of classic modernist images from the 1920s to the 1950s – a crucial moment in the history of the medium.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see remarkable works up-close by more than 60 artists including seminal figures such as Man Ray, André Kertész, Berenice Abbot, Alexandr Rodchenko and Edward Steichen. Featuring over 150 works, the exhibition consists entirely of rare vintage prints.
As life underwent rapid changes in the 20th century, photography offered a new means to communicate and represent the world. Timeless genres of the portrait, nude and still life were reimagined, and street life and the modern metropolis were explored through the camera. The quality and depth of the collection on display in the exhibition tells the story of photography from the period for the first time in the UK.
“It is a great honour for David and I to lend part of our collection to Tate Modern for this groundbreaking exhibition. The Modernist era in photography is one of the key moments within the medium and collecting work from this period has brought me great joy over the last 25 years. Each of these photographs serves as inspiration for me in my life; they line the walls of my homes and I consider them precious gems. We are thrilled to be part of this collaboration with Tate Modern and hope that the exhibition audience experiences as much joy in seeing the works as I have had in finding them.” Sir Elton John
“This will be a truly unique exhibition. There are few collections of Modernist photography in the UK, so we are delighted that Sir Elton John has allowed us to draw on his incredible collection and give everyone a chance to see these iconic works. Coming face-to-face with such masterpieces of photography will be a rare and rewarding experience.” Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate