While we were at the Tate we also explored the wonderfully varied and stimulating exhibition that takes up two floors – DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture. It provides an overview of the history of modern and contemporary sculpture, but in an ambitious and unique way: pieces are not exhibited in schools or in chronological order, instead different forms and pieces from different periods jostle with each other in totally unexpected ways. Sculpture in the form of object, installation, assemblage and ready-made sits alongside more surprising forms, such as painting, video, photography, language and performance.
DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture includes artists such as Sir Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Arman, Yayoi Kusama, Gilbert & George, and Cornelia Parker.
One floor is devoted to Sculpture: The Physical World, curated by artist Michael Craig-Martin. He has arranged the works on display in a way to enhance both their commonalities and variety.
The display offers the visitor an opportunity to encounter multiple forms of sculpture juxtaposed in a thought-provoking environment that underscores the myriad responses of the viewer in relation to works of art.
The concept behind the Sculpture Remixed floor is of a nightclub: you grab headphones pre-programmed with a dance mix and wander round the varied exhibits, arranged around an illuminated dancefloor.