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Mike Kelley – Tate Modern, UK

3 Oct — 9 Mar 2025

The first major UK exhibition of American artist Mike Kelley

Discover the elaborate, provocative and imaginary worlds created by experimental artist Mike Kelley.

From the late 1970s to 2012, Kelley made a diverse body of work using drawing, collage, performance, found objects, and video.

Spanning Kelley’s entire career, the exhibition features his breakthrough ‘craft’ sculptures made from textile and plush toys through to his multi-media installations such as Day Is Done.

Drawing on references from popular and underground culture, literature, and philosophy, Kelley explores how the roles we play in society are entangled with historical fact and imaginary characters from the films and images we consume.

Over a decade since his passing, Kelley’s reflections on identity and memory continue to resonate.

Organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Bourse de Commerce, Paris, K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf and Moderna Museet, Stockholm

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