The Gallery of Lost Art was an immersive, online exhibition that told the stories of artworks that had disappeared. Destroyed, stolen, discarded, rejected, erased, ephemeral – some of the most significant artworks of the last 100 years have been lost and can no longer be seen.

Curated by Tate, designed by ISO and produced in partnership with Channel 4, with additional support from the The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC),
the virtual year-long exhibition explored the sometimes extraordinary and sometimes banal circumstances behind the loss of major works of art. Archival images, films, interviews, blogs and essays were laid out for visitors
to examine, revealing the evidence relating to the loss of works by over 40 artists across the twentieth century, including such figures as Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Willem De Kooning, Rachel Whiteread and
Tracey Emin.


To accompany the archive elements and bespoke films around each artist & artwork featured Jennifer Mundy (Head of Collection, Tate) produced a series of in-depth essays for each table.


Tate Media produced a series of bespoke films around the artists and themes covered in the Gallery of Lost Art.


The project generated over 900 features across print and online media – here are some of the selected mentions



The Gallery of Lost art has been recognised by a wide range of organisations and awards for its unique design and innovation in interactivity. The global reach of the project has seen it winning at Austin’s SXSW Interactive Awards to screening at Amsterdam’s International Documentary Film Festival as well as collecting a number of UK design and museum exhibition awards.


Based on the online exhibition, this book explores the cultural significance of loss and how loss has silently shaped art history.

This wide-ranging and thought-provoking survey
explores the different ways in which artworks are lost.
It tells the intriguing and often moving stories behind the disappearance of over forty artworks, ranging from Jacob Epstein’s 1908 sculptures for the British Medical Association Building to Michael Landy’s 2001 project Break Down, where over a period of two weeks the artist destroyed every one of his possessions. Other featured artists include Francis Bacon, John Baldessari, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Duchamp, Frida Kahlo, Wassily Kandinsky, Willem de Kooning, Joan Miró and Rachel Whiteread.

Lost Art: Missing Artworks of the Twentieth Century

Jennifer Mundy
Tate Publishing

The book is available to buy at all the TATE Galleries
or you can Buy online

ISBN 9781849761406
234 x 156mm
70 colour illustrations

Book Design
The Studio of Williamson Curran



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  • Project team:
    Mark Breslin, ISO
    Jane Burton, Tate
    Jamie Vincent Gillespie, ISO
    Heidi Kuisma, ISO
    Fiontán Moran, Tate
    Jennifer Mundy, Tate
    Damien Smith, ISO
    Kim Stewart, ISO
    Chris Third, ISO

    Jon Carlos, Screenmedia
    Lachlann Rattray, Screenmedia

    Project researchers:
    Karin Mueller, Picture Researcher
    Jon Crabb
    Stephanie Forrest
    Iris Kapelouzou
    Lucy Watling

    Mark Seager

    Benji Merrison

    Susan Doyon

    Owen Scurfield /Nick Aldridge

    Simon Russell

    Annie Needham / Nick Lindner

    Kirsi Pyy

    Press & PR
    Max Fabian, The Brooklyn Brothers
    Victoria Imrie, The Brooklyn Brothers

    Laura Wood, The Brooklyn Brothers
    Nathan Woodhead, The Brooklyn Brothers

    With special thanks to
    those who advised or
    assisted the project:
    Stuart Cosgrove, Channel4

    Katherine D. Alcauskas
    Lucienne Allen, Old Stage Studios
    Susan Amor, AHRC
    Mary Sue Andersen
    Dore Ashton
    Arlene Balkansky, Library of Congress
    John Baldessari
    Rachel Barker
    Malcolm Barr-Hamilton
    Shulamith Behr, Courtauld Institute of Art
    Timonthy Benson, LACMA
    René Block

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  • Frances Borzello
    Alison Bracker
    Daniel Buren
    Bill Caine, GSA
    David Clarke
    Alexandra Caruso
    Jake Chapman
    Mary-Kate Cleary, The Art Loss Register
    Mark Dalrymple
    Douglas Dodds
    Mark Durney, ARCA
    Paul Edwards
    Lisa Fischer
    Matthew Fuller
    Susan Freeman
    Rashell George
    Salomon Grindberg
    Stephen Gungall
    Shannon Haskett, Patrick Painter Editions
    Anna Haward, Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
    Reuben Hoggett
    Jon Humphries
    Olga and Richard Ihnatowicz

    Nancy Jones
    Barry Joule
    Maki Kaneko, Kress Foundation Department of Art History University of Kansas
    Georgia Korossi, ‘BFI Most Wanted: Hunt for lost British Films’
    Heinz J. Kuzdas
    Martin Langer
    Maria Luisa Lax
    Shelley Lee and Justin Brancato, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
    Sophie Lillie
    Pedro de Llano
    Sabine Loitfellner, Department for Restitution Affairs, Jewish Community Vienna
    Gilbert Lupfer
    Christy MacLear, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
    Claire McCardle
    Christopher Marinello, Art Loss Register
    Alexis Marott, Calder Foundation
    Mary-Anne Martin
    Karin Minger
    Lyndsey Morgan
    Matthew Morgan
    Francis Naumann
    Helga Prignitz-Poda
    Annelise E. Ream, Keith Haring Foundation
    Barry Rosen, The Estate of Eva Hesse
    Norberto L. Rivera, Spencer Throckmorton
    Sara Roberts, San Francisco Museum of Art
    Sabine Röder
    Judy Russo, Rockefeller Archive Center
    Jorg Schellman
    Amy Schichtel and Ricki Lynn Moskowitz, Willem de Kooning Foundation
    Paulina Shearing, Dzia Promocji, Marketingu i Pozyskiwania Funduszy Muzeum Narodowe w

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  • Catherine Sezgin
    Richard Shone
    Patricia Smithen
    Jeannine Tang
    Marie-Luise Tapfer
    The Henry Moore Foundation
    (Charles Joint,
    Anita Feldman,
    Michael Phipps,
    Claire Smith, Emma Stower, Emily Peters and James Copper)
    Lisa Tickner, Courtauld Institute of Art
    Jonathan Yeo
    Aleksandar Zivanovic
    Karolina Zychowicz
    Artloss Register
    Association for Research into Crimes against ArtBundesarchiv in Berlin
    Kent State University Special Collections and Archive

    Lux Art Agency
    Rockefeller Family Archive and the Rockefeller Centre Archive
    Royal College of Art library
    Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
    Tate Library and Archive Staff
    Tate Photography
    David Juda
    Wolfgang Volz
    Brooklyn Street Art
    Matthew Rose
    Detroit Institute of Art
    Dan & Brenda Doyon
    Vanessa Fewster
    Anne Webber
    Museum of Modern Art, New York

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