The Tate announced a record year for acquisitions in their 2007/8 Annual Report. The Tate Collection aquired 494 works, valued at £63.1m, of which 320 were gifts and bequests from collectors and artists.
These gifts included four works from Damien Hirst, the iconic spider Maman 1991 from Louise Bourgeois and over 30 unique prints from Leon Kossof.
The late Sir Simon Sainsbury bequeathed 18 works to Tate and the National Gallery, including works by Francis Bacon, Balthus and Lucian Freud.
Although Anthony d’Offay’s vast donation of the so-called Artist Rooms to the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, as well as David Hockney’s gift of Bigger Trees near Warter 2007, were announced in 2007/8, they will not be formally accessioned until the next financial year.
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