Anthony d’Offay’s gift to the UK will begin to be displayed in the Spring of 2009, according to Louise Jury on This Is London, the Evening Standard’s blog:
“The presence of contemporary art across the UK will be dramatically transformed by the Artist Rooms tour. This new form of dynamic national collection is without precedent anywhere in the world.”
Mr d’Offay, who is acting as an unpaid curator for the collection for the next few years, said he was “delighted” that works were being shown in this way.
Tate Britain will be the first to benefit from the gift by displaying Sailing Dinghy, a monumental life-size sailing boat and poem installation by artist Ian Hamilton Finlay. It can be seen from 2 March.
From April, Tate Modern will show six rooms of works by artists including German Anselm Kiefer and Americans Ed Ruscha and Warhol.
A separate display at Tate Britain will present 11 works from 1970 to 1991 by east London-based artists Gilbert and George.
Rooms with a view, nation’s chance to see £125m art donation (This Is London)