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The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection



Thursday 8th December


10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Tate Modern

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Thursday 8th December 2016


10:00 am at the Tate Modern



Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG




Karen Levy has previously worked at Sotheby’s London Private Client Group where she was responsible for the European and Asian sectors. Prior to this, she worked at a number of other leading art institutions and auction houses and coordinated the successful “Art of the World” project at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.

She now runs Art of this Century, providing bespoke experiences and special encounters in the art world. From its beginning, Karen has also actively participated in the building of her family’s private collection, DSL, which is focused on contemporary Chinese Art.



This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography, drawn from the classic Modernist period of the 1920s–50s. An incredible group of Man Ray portraits are exhibited together for the first time, having been brought together by Sir Elton John over the past twenty-five years, including portraits of MatissePicasso, and Breton. It is one of the largest collection of modernist photographs in the world.


With over 70 artists and nearly 150 rare vintage prints on show from seminal figures including Brassai, Imogen Cunningham, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Tina Modotti, and Aleksandr Rodchenko, the show explores a turning point in British photography through a selection of works that were rarely brought together in one place.


The singer began acquiring photography in 1991 and has a private collection that includes over 2,500 works taken between 1917 and 1950.


Elton John said collecting the photographs had brought him “great joy over the last 25 years”. He added: “Each of these photographs serves as inspiration for me in my life; they line the walls of my homes and I consider them precious gems. We are thrilled to be part of this collaboration with Tate Modern and hope that the exhibition audience experiences as much joy in seeing the works as I have had in finding them.”