Tate Britain has shown off it’s annual outdoor Christmas commission – a festive display that makes the gallery look a bit like an American house.

It’s actually an art exhibit by Liverpool based Chila Kumari Singh Burman, which we are told “references mythology, Bollywood, radical feminism, political activism and family memories, bound up in a celebration of neon light and swirling colour”

In this new commission, Indian myths and customs are combined with memories of the artist’s family visits to the Blackpool Illuminations and her parents’ ice cream van.

It’s also a lot more detailed than it looks from a distance, with even the steps, columns and doors covered in unlit decoration so the display shows different aspects in day and night.

With museums and galleries closed at the moment, it’s an art display that anyone can visit.

This is the fourth in Tate Britain’s series of outdoor commissions to mark the winter season, following works by Alan Kane in 2017, Monster Chetwynd in 2018 and Anne Hardy in 2019.

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One comment on “Tate Britain covers its building in winter illuminations
  1. JP says:

    Yes, it is a bit of a mess.

    Not enormously Christmassy from the photo, joyous snowflakes aside, I suppose that you have to be able to be there to pass fairer comment!
    More Blackpool and last weekend’s festivals than your normal Nöel-ness, I’d say it’s more of a swede than a Prized Turnip.
    I’m such a curmudgeon, there’s a virus about don’t ya know? Well I expect that the reflection on the Thames is pretty.

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