Works to Know by Heart: An Imagined Museum

Tate Liverpool

20 November 2015 – 14 February 2016

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Visitors are asked to memorise the works exhibited, before recollecting them in their own way.

This exhibition takes its inspiration from Ray Bradbury's 1953  sci-fi novel, Farenheit 451, which tells the story of a distant future where works of literature are banished and the only way to save them is to learn them by heart. 

Tate Liverpool has created the fictional scenario in which the works of art on display are about to vanish and visitors are asked to commit them to memory. After this they are invited to a performance space where they can represent the works they believe should be remembered forever.

Included are a series of iconic works by Duchamp, Sigmar Polke, Bridget Riley, Andy Warhol and Rachel Whiteread, among others. They have been drawn from the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Tate and MMK.

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The exhibition culminates in a weekend event 2053: A Living Museum from 20– 21 February 2016, when all art will disappear from the gallery and be replaced by members of the public.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, 10am - 5pm
(20 May – 18 Sep until 5.50pm)

Closed on 24 – 26 Dec and Good Fri

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)