A SEWING machine wrapped in a blanket and tied with string is one of the key works in an upcoming exhibition at Tate Liverpool.
The piece by American modernist Man Ray will feature in a major rehang of the Albert Dock gallery’s collection displays starting in May 2013.
Works by Pablo Picasso, Barbara Hepworth, Henri Matisse and Jackson Pollock will also be included in more than 100 pieces to be shown in the DLA Piper: Constellations exhibition, including many never seen in Liverpool before.
The displays will be opened in two stages, coinciding with Tate Liverpool’s 25th anniversary.
Francesco Manacorda, Tate Liverpool’s artistic director, said: “Sandwiching our birthday we have a complete change in the two floors that are in fact the most visited part of the institution.
“Instead of thinking chronologically and placing works together that are from the same period of time, we have selected nine works which are triggers to others across history and geography.”
The show will explore the impact of major works from the Tate collection on art history by placing them at the heart of nine “constellations” of artwork, revealing links between each piece.
Those that have had a continuous revolutionary effect on modern and contemporary arts will act as the originating “star”, displayed among a group of others that relate to them, and to each other, regardless of when or where they were created.
On May 3 the second floor galleries will open with key works produced after 1960.