Romanian artists Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmus are presenting at Tate Modern in London a live exploration of artworks that questions the museum as a permanent collection. It was part of the opening weekend for the new Tate Modern and is on until July 3rd.

The work is enacted by a group of five performers who use their bodies to transform artworks originally made in other media. These include well-known and not so well-known works from the Tate collection such as Mark Rothko’s Seagram murals 1958-9, Carl Andre’s Equivalent VIII 1966 and Tania Bruguera’s Tatlin’s Whisper #5 2008 (itself a performance), alongside works from other public collections including MoMA’s Harun Farocki, Workers Leaving the Factory, 1995.

The performing artists are: Laura Andrei, Beniamin Boar, Serghei Chiviriga, Larisa Crunţeanu, Farid Fairuz, Paula Gherghe, Rolando Matsangos, Maria Mora, Cristian Nanculescu and Cristina Toma.

Tate Modern opened on June 17th a new building where it displays a greater variety of artworks and artists from around the world, presenting an increasingly international view of modern and contemporary art.

The new building is ten-storeys on top of The Tanks – the world’s first gallery spaces dedicated to live art, film and installations – its height responding to the chimney of the existing Tate Modern building which was originally designed as a power station by Giles Gilbert Scott in the 1950s. Its pyramid-like shape will offer 60 percent extra space for visitors to explore.

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