Tate’s 2025 Showcase: Diverse Mediums, Endless Inspiration

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Fergus Greer, Leigh Bowery Session I Look 2 (1988). Source: Tate

Tate’s 2025 exhibition program introduces major UK museum debuts, featuring diverse mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography, digital installation, and live performance. Celebrating communities from all around the world, it promises visitors a year of memorable experiences.

Tate Modern’s season begins with a focus on the multifaceted career of Leigh Bowery, highlighting his influence on fashion and performance from the 1980s London club scene to his provocative public displays. Later, The Tanks will feature the UK premiere of Hagay Dreaming by Shu Lea Cheang and Dondon Hounwn, an innovative performance blending dance, ritual, and advanced technology.

In the summer, The Genesis Exhibition: Do Ho Suh will immerse visitors in the work of the Korean-born, London-based artist, known for his fabric installations and explorations of belonging and architecture. This will be followed by the first major European exhibition of Emily Kam Kngwarray, showcasing the late-career works of the acclaimed Australian artist and senior Anmatyerr woman, emphasizing her deep connection to her homeland through her art.

In autumn, Tate Modern will host a landmark exhibition on Nigerian Modernism, celebrating artists including Ladi Kwali and Ben Enwonwu who revolutionized modern art in Nigeria around the time of independence in 1960 by blending African and European traditions. This will coincide with an exhibition focused on Picasso’s “The Three Dancers,” exploring its themes and historical context. The year will conclude with a major photography exhibition on Global Pictorialism, showcasing the artistic evolution of photography worldwide from the 1880s to the 1960s.

Each season will also feature one of Tate Modern’s high-profile annual commissions: the inaugural Infinities Commission in the spring, UNIQLO Tate Play in the summer, and the Hyundai Commission in the autumn, with a world-renowned artist creating a new installation in the Turbine Hall.

Tate Britain will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its Art Now series with an exhibition by Hylozoic/Desires (Himali Singh Soin and David Soin Tappeser) followed by Onyeka Igwe later in the year. Alongside, a major display of Jacob Epstein’s work will open in the Duveen galleries, featuring his monumental stone sculptures and expressive bronze portrait busts.

The year begins with a solo exhibition of Ed Atkins’ multimedia works from April 2 to August 25, followed by showcases of modern artists Edward Burra and Ithell Colquhoun, highlighting their unique perspectives on surrealism from the 1930s onward.

In autumn, an exhibition on Surrealist photographer Lee Miller will run from October 2 to February 15, 2026, featuring around 250 prints. Concurrently, an exhibition comparing the works of JMW Turner and John Constable will highlight their rivalry from November 27, 2025, to April 12, 2026, commemorating the 250th anniversary of their births.


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