David Hockney retrospective at Tate Britain next year will be one of the biggest ever


2017 exhibition will coincide with the artist’s 80th birthday


David Hockney in 2012 at his Royal Academy exhibition

A David Hockney retrospective exhibition will open at the Tate Britain on 9 February 2017. It will likely be one of the largest exhibitions in recent years.

Hockney’s 2012 blockbuster exhibition at the Royal Academy attracted an incredible 600,000 visitors, and that was for an exhibition of his recent work.

The retrospective will cover six decades of Hockney’s work, and the artist, who will turn 80 next year has been involved in the exhibition’s planning.

Hockney said: “We’re looking over a lifetime with this exhibition, and I hope, like me, people will enjoy seeing how the roots of my new and recent work can be seen in the developments over the years.”

Tate Britain’s head of displays and co-curator Chris Stephens said: “David, more than most other artists, is particularly engaged with what he’s going to do next rather than what he did in the past.

“We’ve shaped the show and made a selection and then he’s made suggestions and we’ve shifted the emphasis a bit and there are some works he’s asked us to think about.”

Stephens added: “It is going to be an amazing show and it is exciting for us … it is a major show, one of the biggest shows we have done at Tate Britain.”

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