Le Méridien and Tate Unlock Art: A Film Series

Le Méridien and Tate Unlock Art: A Film Series

What is art? This perennial conundrum is explored in Unlock Art, and arresting collaboration between Le Méridien Hotels and the Tate. A series of eight witty and imaginative short films, covering everything from performance to pop art, will put contemporary art under the spotlight

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What's so funny?

'Why did the artist cross the road?' asks English actress Tamsin Greig, in the final instalment of our 'Unlock Art' series exploring humour in art. From Marcel Duchamp to Sarah Lucas, see how these side-splitting artists use art as a playground.

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Exploring the surreal

Exploring the Surreal April / 7 of 8 Writer André Breton believed desire was central to the Surrealist vision of love, poetry and liberty - and the key to understanding human beings. In the penultimate chapter of the 'Unlock Art' series, actor and film director Peter Capaldi delves into the unconscious minds of the art movement's key figures, from Salvador Dali to Max Ernst, Méret Oppenheim and more.

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Great double acts

In the sixth instalment of ‘Unlock Art: Great Double Acts’, Allison Mosshart and Jamie Hince of indie band The Kills explore creative art partnerships that are more than just the sum of their parts. From Gilbert & George to the Renaissance masters, the musical duo reveals how collaboration is the key to a successful double act.

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A short history of art undressed

The human body has long endured as one of the principal subjects for artists, often reflecting social standards of the time in both aesthetics and morality. In the fifth chapter of ‘Unlock Art: A Film Series’, television presenter and writer Dawn O’Porter undresses the representation of nudity in art throughout history.

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Where are the women?

Over the past forty years, there has been a radical rethinking about how women are represented in terms of identity, politics and sexuality. In the fourth instalment of ‘Unlock Art: A Film Series’, actress and artist Jemima Kirke tackles this hotly debated issue by examining the role of female artists from an often humorous historical and contemporary perspective.

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Pop art

Since the late 1950s, Pop Art has intrigued, confused and infuriated in equal measure. In the third instalment of ‘Unlock Art: a Film Series’, the actor Alan Cumming takes a whimsical look at this most colourful of art forms and how it’s been inspired by movies, advertising and mass production.

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Shopping for art

In the second instalment of ‘Unlock Art: A Film Series’, British actress Sally Phillips examines the complex relationship between art and money. From old masters to the contemporary artworks seen at the likes of Frieze and Art Basel, the scale and reach of international art markets perfectly embody Damien Hirst’s axiom: ‘If you want to own things, art is a pretty good bet.’

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Performance art

Ever since Hugo Ball strode on stage at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich in 1916 to read out the Dada Manifesto, artists have used performance art to ask questions about how we perceive the world and our place within it. In the first of the Unlock Art series, British writer, comedian and actor Frank Skinner explores the history of performance art.

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