The critics have fallen in love with the reshape
This wasn’t just a spring clean; The Tate Britain undertook the huge job of re-curating and rehanging 500 artworks, and now it’s finished, the critics love it.
“The first thing to say about [Tate Britain director Penelope] Curtis's rehang is that it is gloriously, satisfyingly, reactionary,” wrote Richard Dorment of The Daily Telegraph. “There are several winners in this chronological hand. The principal one is Tate Britain: where the collection is thin, the ground can be covered more evenly...,” said Rachel Campbell-Johnston at The Times, while Jonathan Jones of The Guardian says: “Visitors to Tate Britain are in for a shock. It may take a while to register. When it does, the revolution perpetrated by the museum's director, Penelope Curtis, explodes into view.” A Walk Through British Art, featuring work from the 1500s to the present day, allowed "a more neutral view of the range of art being produced at any one historical moment to emerge," said the gallery. “There is more sculpture than before. Moore, twice a Tate trustee, has been honoured for his strong connections with the gallery while the dedicated Blake gallery recognises the Tate's long association with the visionary artist,” said Louise Jury in the Evening Standard.
The long-awaiting chronological reshuffle seems to have hit the spot for the critics, who are almost unanimous in praise for the update, which will feature dedicated Blake, Turner and Moore sections.