Exhibition: Kara Walker

This exhibition runs from Thu, 6th Aug 2020 to Sun, 8th Nov 2020. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Fri,
25th Sep 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
Sat,
26th Sep 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
Sun,
27th Sep 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
Mon,
28th Sep 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
Tue,
29th Sep 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
Wed,
30th Sep 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
Thu,
1st Oct 2020  
(10am - 6pm)

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: Free of Charge


Acclaimed artist Kara Walker presents one of the most ambitious Hyundai Commissions to date

Fons Americanus is a 13-metre tall working fountain inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, London.

Rather than a celebration of the British Empire, Walker’s fountain explores the interconnected histories of Africa, America and Europe. She uses water as a key theme, referring to the transatlantic slave trade and the ambitions, fates and tragedies of people from these three continents. Fantasy, fact and fiction meet at an epic scale.

This commission has been made using an environmentally-conscious production process and has been built from recyclable or reusable cork, wood and metal. The surface covering is made from a non-toxic acrylic and cement composite that can be used for sculpting or casting. It avoids the use of large quantities of non-recyclable materials and harmful substances often found in the production of exhibitions and installations.

Based in New York, Kara Walker is acclaimed for her candid explorations of race, sexuality and violence. She is best known for her use of black cut-paper silhouetted figures, referencing the history of slavery and the antebellum South in the US through provocative and elaborate installations.


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Location

Tate Modern,

Bankside, London,
SE1 9TG

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