Tate Media launched on 2 July 2002 an online exhibition entitled ‘The Gallery of Lost Art’. It tells the stories of artworks that have disappeared, destroyed, stolen or discarded over the past 100 years and no longer can be seen.
Visitors to this virtual exhibition enter a large warehouse where images, films, interviews, blogs and essays are laid out for examination, revealing the last traces of lost works by over 40 artists across the twentieth century, including such artists as Marcel Duchamp, Joan Miró, Willem De Kooning, and Tracey Emin.
The Gallery of Lost Art will last for one year before itself being lost. The exhibition launched with twenty artworks. A new work will be added each week until the exhibition is complete. Beyond these showcased works, the site provides a platform for interaction discussion and commentary on the subject of lost art as a whole.
Jane Burton, Creative Director, Tate Media, says: “The Gallery of Lost Art is a ghost museum, a place of shadows and traces. It could only ever exist virtually. The challenge was to come up with a way of showcasing the artworks and telling their stories, when, in many cases, poor quality images are all we have left of then. The result is a way of looking at art: an immersive website in the form of a vast warehouse, where visitors can explore the evidence laid out for them.”
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