The Tate’s ambition is global in interpreting how its collection should be represented. Tate Modern, recently had a retrospective of the Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair (2013), the Sudanese artist, Ibrahim El-Salahi, (2013), and Meschac Gaba.
Modernism didn’t only happen in the west. Modernisms were happening globally and we are reflecting this in “International Exchanges : Modern Art and St Ives 1915 - 1965”, which tours to Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, 24 October 2014 - 25 January 2015, which re-situates St Ives artists in a global context. In fact the title of the original show was “Relocating St Ives” which emphasizes that the St Ives artists associated with British modernism - Hepworth, Nicholson, Gabo, etc, were intimately involved in international debates and dialogues.
They travelled widely and experienced an exchange of art critical dialogues and ideas. The artists worked in an international context and Mark Rothko and Clement Greenberg visited St Ives. The exhibition is the first of a trio of exhibitions that will be looking at the phenomenon and development of international modernism, related to St Ives and development of modern art and post-modern theory.
Future displays will include semi-permanent displays of work by St Ives modernists. At present we change exhibitions three times a year. From 2017, that will be three exhibitions and displays on show at any one time: a semi-permanent display of the St Ives Modernists; an annual collection display; and three temporary shows per year.