Meet Cecilia Vicuña: Turbine Hall’s Next Commissioned Artist


Cecilia Vicuña, along with German sculptor Katharina Fritsch, received a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the biennial 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Her long career investigating and preserving ancient traditions, shining a light on Latin American art, and developing her own vocabulary to speak about contemporary issues were specified by the curator as the reasons she got the award.

Hopefully, this article about Cecilia Vicuña gave you a better idea of what to expect in October 2022, when her work will be unveiled at the Tate Modern. 

Every autumn a new artist is commissioned to take over the space and, since it started, the installations at Turbine Hall have become one of the high points of the year for the British institution and an attraction of its own. Maybe you remember the big “sun” that Olafur Eliasson “installed” at the hall in 2003/2004? 

Vicuña’s appointment adds to a busy year for her: besides being honored and exhibited at the Venice Biennale, she will also receive a solo show at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Francis Morris, the Tate Modern director, highlighted the relevance of Vicuña’s art in times of climate change and the rise of global authoritarianism.

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