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31 Jan 2012: Migrations at Tate Britain, 31 January-12 August

exhibition graphic for Migrations, juxtaposing pre-Raphaelite image with Sonia Boyce work, both brightly coloured with emphatic red features

“This exhibition explores British art through the theme of migration from 1500 to the present day, reflecting the remit of Tate Britain Collection displays. From the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Flemish and Dutch landscape and still-life painters who came to Britain in search of new patrons, through moments of political and religious unrest, to Britain’s current position within the global landscape, the exhibition reveals how British art has been fundamentally shaped by successive waves of migration.” (from the Tate website

“Nonchalant, almost casual, confidence in the presence of wide diversity is the attitude around which this exhibition coheres. It is a composite show; each section overseen by a separate curator; spanning five centuries of the Tate’s national collection of British art; supplemented by just a few works from private collections or other London galleries. The double plural of the title – migrations and journeys – emphasizes the capacious approach of the Director, Penelope Curtis, to Tate Britain’s collection and name …” (Ruth Scarr in The Times Literary Supplement, 16 March 2012)