Gallery of Lost Art

Art history tends to focus on the renowned artworks displayed in galleries and museums the world over and their stories. But a new online exhibition curated by the Tate widens this scope to explore the major pieces that have been lost to the mists of time.

The Gallery of Lost Art is a kind of virtual ghost museum that resurrects—in a way that would never have been possible before—works that have been lost, stolen, rejected, or erased. With films, images, interviews, and essays, the exhibition explores the stories surrounding lost pieces by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo. It’s an effort to “discover how loss has silently shaped modern art history.”

“The challenge was to come up with a way of showcasing these artworks and telling their stories, when, in many cases, poor quality images are all we have left of them,” says Creative Director of Tate Media Jane Burton on the site. “The result is a new way of looking at art: an immersive website in the form of a vast warehouse, where visitors can explore the evidence laid out before them.”

The virtual exhibition launched on July 2, 2012 with 20 artworks. A new piece will be added each week for six months. Designed by ISO design studio in collaboration with the Tate, Channel 4, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the exhibition will last until July of 2013 when it, too, dissolves into the ether.


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