Kara Walker

Kara Walker will create the fifth Hyundai Commission at Tate Modern

The upcoming Hyundai Commission in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall will be created by Kara Walker, known for her explorations of history, culture, race and identity.

Continuing to invite international audiences to unique creative experiences, our fifth annual partnership with the Tate Modern continues this October. The Commission will be undertaken by Kara Walker, who fearlessly tackles some of the most complex issues we face today.

Kara Walker is renowned for her candid explorations of race, gender, sexuality and violence, from drawings, prints, murals, shadow puppets and projections to large-scale sculptural installations. Her Hyundai Commission, a new site-specific work for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, will be open to the public from October 2, 2019 to April 5, 2020.

A New York-based artist, Walker is perhaps best known for her use of black cut-paper silhouetted figures, often referencing the history of slavery and the antebellum South in the US through provocative and elaborate installations. Her works have featured prominently in exhibitions around the world since the mid-1990s.

We look forward to the fifth Hyundai Commission by Kara Walker, and to the new ways in which she will engage audiences in the Turbine Hall … Hyundai Motor will continue to invite international audiences to unique creative experiences.
Kara Walker fearlessly tackles some of the most complex issues we face today. Her work addresses history and identity with a powerful directness, but also with great understanding, nuance and wit.

This October we celebrate the fifth work we have supported for the Turbine Hall, made possible by our 11-year partnership between Hyundai Motor and Tate, the longest initial commitment from a corporate sponsor in Tate’s history. The Hyundai Commission began in 2015 when Abraham Cruzvillegas unveiled Empty Lot, followed by Philippe Parreno’s Anywhen, One Two Three Swing! by Danish artist collective SUPERFLEX, and the most recent work created by Tania Bruguera which had an ever-increasing figure as the work title to reflect the number of people who migrated from one country to another in 2017 added to the current number of migrant deaths recorded so far since last year.

We’ve been supporting art initiatives around the world since 2013. Along with the partnership with Tate, we’ve had long-term partnerships with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA).

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