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Middlesbrough Collection

10 March 2018 - 10 March 2019

Image credit: Lubaina Himid Toussaint L’Ouverture 1987

In 2016, our tenth anniversary was marked with the first-ever permanent gallery for the Middlesbrough Collection. The display was created through a dialogue between our users, constituent groups, visitors and staff. This year will see more works exhibited throughout the museum, with displays occupying galleries across the building and seasonal and monthly rotations of works.

New to the Middlesbrough Collection this year are works by key established British artists alongside works by young British and international artists: 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid, Chila Kumari Burman, Keith Piper, Stephen Willats, Núria Güell, Daniela Ortiz, Matterlurgy and Katie Schwab. They illustrate the new development policy for the Middlesbrough Collection, which is focussed on art produced by artists from diverse backgrounds, which addresses issues of global concern relevant to the people of Middlesbrough and the Tees Valley.

2018 signals that the Middlesbrough Collection has now become the core of MIMA, setting the foundations from which our temporary exhibitions and learning activities are created, and shaping innovative ways in which we can work with our community through interpretation and engagement.

Through research and conservation, we have been able to rediscover numerous works, many of which have been unseen for decades, and add new works through acquisitions and long-term loans. We are making an effort to feature classical works rarely seen in contemporary museums as well as more works by women artists, by artists of minority ethnic backgrounds, and by international artists. In addition, we are challenging conventional models of showing art by mixing chronologies and styles, disciplines and media, histories and aesthetics.


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