A Topshop Fashion Week is special for many reasons. Not only do we bring the best trends, hottest models and an A-list FROW (hello Anna Wintour and Kate Moss), but each season we also pick a stunning venue to showcase the lot. And this time we’ve really outdone ourselves by securing the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall as the backdrop for our AW14 shows!
An ex-power station and now the lobby to the Tate Modern gallery, the Turbine Hall has hosted some of the world’s most memorable modern art works. We love nothing more than spending a Sunday in the dramatic space – whether that’s drooling over the art or people watching. Recently sponsored by Hyundai for a further 11-years, the Turbine Hall’s past commissions are simply iconic and we couldn’t be happier to be joining a space so celebrated for its creativity. So to show just how excited we are, we’ve rounded up our favourite Turbine Hall installations of all time!
1. Louise Bourgeois – Spider
Arachnophobics look away – Louise Bourgeois’s Maman was the gigantic steel spider made for the opening of Tate Modern in 2000. Supported on eight slender, knobbly legs, its body was suspended right to the top of the hall, allowing the viewer to walk around underneath it. The spider later took some time outside of the gallery and greeted visitors between the river and the Tate.
2. Olafur Eliasson – The Weather Project
Eliasson transformed the Tate into a beautiful sunset haven during his spell at the hall. Humidifiers created a fine mist in the air while a huge semi-circular sun radiated yellow light. The ceiling was covered with a mirror, where visitors could see themselves as tiny black shadows against a mass of orange light.
3. Doris Salcedo – Shibboleth
Columbian-born Salcedo’s installation took the form of a 167 metre, meandering crack right through the floor of the Turbine Hall, modelled on a Colombian rock face. Probably the most talked about Turbine Hall installation, you can still see the marks that filled in the crack today.
4. Ai Weiwei – Sunflower Seeds
This controversial Chinese artist filled the entire Turbine Hall with some 100 million sunflower seeds. But however realistic they might have seemed, each seed was in fact intricately hand-crafted in porcelain and painted by specialists from the Chinese city of Jingdezhen.
5. Anish Kapoor – Marsyas
Renowned for his awe-inspiring sculptures, Anish Kapoor teamed up with architect Cecil Balmond to create ‘Marsyas’ for the Turbine Hall in 2003. Thought to be one of the biggest exhibition works in the world, the enormous steel and PVC structure is based around an ancient story from Greek mythology. Epic.
These five art hits got you hankering for some culture? Why not pop along to the Tate Modern to see the gallery’s upcoming exhibition: Henri Matisse: Cut-Outs, open from 17 April – 7 September 2014.