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I had great fun at Tate Modern a couple of days ago, courtesy of Robert Morris and Bodyspacemotionthings. The interactive installation, which is essentially a playground made out of plywood, rubber and ropes, first opened in 1971, only to be closed four days later because the crowd went a bit bonkers. This time round, Tate has made some health and safety adjustments, so I didn’t see anyone bounce off the walls or get a splinter in the bum.

It was 5pm. The Turbine Hall was filled with a few children, and a lot of adults. I watched a man in an expensive suit proudly make his way along the balancing beam. French tourists queued up to climb the walls. Everyone was giggling at themselves and each other. Even the gallery assistants seemed more relaxed than normal.

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My friend Gabi was a willing volunteer


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It is possibly the least thought-provoking work to be installed in the Turbine Hall so far, but who’s to say that’s a bad thing?

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Just found out that if you (like me) missed the Rothko exhibition at Tate Modern, you can take a virtual panoramic tour online, HERE. It works relatively well for Rothko’s paintings, because they don’t require up-close study. On the other hand, you don’t get a sense of the atmosphere of his work. It’s a bit like glancing at a line of Rothko postcards in the Tate shop.

Mark Rothko at Tate Modern

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Fans of Tony Hart gathered outside Tate Modern yesterday to pay tribute to the DIY art enthusiast, who died earlier this year. Over 200 people turned up to build a plasticine army of Morphs, some of which rode skateboards or read newspapers. One wore a black armband as a mark of respect.

Hart’s daughter, Carolyn Williams, came down to Bankside to judge Best Morph in Show. A Morph holding a pink carnation scooped the prize. Williams was particularly please to learn the “flash mob” tribute had been organised via Facebook. She said:

This is exactly what he was all about. Getting people together to join in and make a picture, to make something. It’s so great.

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Hart inspired so many children – and parents – to get their hands dirty and start making art. I used to make my own Morphs out of smelly, dry, months-old plasticine, and I think this tribute is a great way to put the new flash mob trend to use.

Click HERE to see a video of the Morph flash mob on the BBC’s website.

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London-based artists and galleries are having a lot of fun at the moment. Last week, I spent an evening playing games at the ICA, and so far this week I have seen smiley faced clouds on the South Bank and giant illuminations on the front of the National Gallery.

British artist Stuart Semple released 2,057 smiling clouds into the sky over the South Bank this morning as part of an installation called Happy Cloud. The smiley faces were created using helium, soap and vegetable dye, and puffed into the air every seven seconds between 8am and midday. The 28-year-old artist said:


I just wanted to make a piece of work that would cheer people up a bit. I’m also keen to help people remember that the success of British cultural industries [like the Tate] is relatively new. I believe these cultural industries have been hugely important in the rejuvenation of parts of the city.


Picasso IlluminationsAnd, in Trafalgar Square last night, the entire length of the National Gallery lit up with illuminations of Pablo Picasso’s works, to mark the opening of the Picasso: Challenging the Past exhibition.

Visitors will be able to see the light display every evening from 6pm to 10pm until this Sunday, 1 March.

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Russia has given birth to its own art, and its name it non-objectivity. Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1918.

Liubov Popova (1889-1924) and Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) believed art was not just something to look at in a gallery: They believed it had a social purpose. Against the background of the Bolshevik Revolution, the young Russians rejected Realism (their country’s tradition) in favour of a new movement, Constructivism. As this new exhibition at Tate Modern, Defining Constructivism, shows, the Constructivists thought art could do more than just depict subjects as they appear in everyday life – it could contribute to and change society.

The first half of the exhibition, curated by Margarita Tupitsyn,  leaves you asking the question, “And how, exactly, does this contribute to society?” Rodchenko’s and Popova’s early experiments with abstraction are too similar to compare and contrast. Most of the work on show appears to be just another example of abstract art – attractive, but arguably meaningless.

However, the second half of the exhibition comes to life, as it shows Rodchenko and Popova’s forays into advertising, textiles, theatre, film and poster design. Both artists, for example, produced propaganda and educational posters. This is where the history of the Russian Revolution seeps into their work. The poster pictured below, in the middle, reads: “The Trade Union is a Blow to Women’s Enslavement, the Trade Union is a Defender of Female Labour.” (c.1925) It was just one of Rodchenko’s many shows of support for the Revolution.

Rodchenko & Popova: Defining Constructivism can be seen at Tate Modern, London until 17 May.

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