The Tate Modern announced artist Tania Bruguera as the winner of the Hyundai commission for the museum’s Turbine Hall.
Bruguera, a Cuban performance artist, joins the ranks of artists including Carsten Höller, Doris Salcedo, Ai Weiwei, and Louise Bourgeois, who have previously shown work in the Tate Modern’s spectacular Turbine Hall. Bruguera has worked with Tate Modern multiple times before––her performance piece, Tatlin’s Whisper #5(2008), was acquired by the museum in 2009, then staged in 2016, and she displayed the ongoing project, Immigrant Movement International,at the museum in 2012. Like much of Bruguera’s oeuvre, these projects are politically charged works. In Tatlin’s Whisper #5, the artist mounted two police officers on horses and had them corral museum-goers using crowd control techniques. As part of Immigrant Movement International, she made visitors pass a lie detector test developed from United Kingdom immigration questions before entering the museum’s Tanks gallery. The museum chose Bruguera for this prestigious commission because of the social and political commentary running through her work. Tate Modern director Frances Morris noted that her work is regarded for “the highly original and compelling way in which she addresses major political concerns of our time, not only within debates about art and art history, but also in the hope of effecting real change in the world around us,” the Guardian reported. The exhibition is slated to open in October of 2018, but no further information has been provided on what Bruguera plans to do with the enormous 35,520 square foot space.