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24 November 2014

The Tate has teamed up with Minecraft mapmakers to create virtual 3D worlds inspired by artworks. The virtual environments are known as Tate Maps and are based on paintings and sculptures in the Tate Collection.

Players of the video game can explore and undertake activities and challenges that relate to the themes of the artwork, or explore how they were made.

Tate Worlds offers gamers a unique experience combining art, history and adventure. In Tate Worlds: Soul of the SoullessCity, inspired by the futurist-style painting by Nevinson, you will enter the bustling and fast-changing place of 1920s New York, as depicted in the painting. On entering the Tate Worlds map, Minecraft players will board a train taking them past New York landmarks of the time. The sights and sounds of the ‘roaring twenties’ will accompany the journey as the players build a skyscraper, join construction workers for a dangerous sky-high lunch, and race to catch a movie.


Six more Tate Worlds maps will be released over the coming year on the themes of ‘Play‘, ‘Destruction‘ and ‘Fantasy‘, all inspired by well-known artworks including John Singer Sargent’s, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-6; Peter Blake’s, The Toy Shop, 1962; John Martin’s, The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum, 1822; and Cornelia Parker’s, Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, 1991.

Jane Burton, Creative Director, Tate Media said: “Minecraft is a wonderful game which embraces imagination and creativity. It has captivated millions of children and young people across the world. In playfully reimagining art in Tate Worlds for Minecraft we hope to introduce a new generation to inspirational works from Tate’s collection.”

Tate Worlds maps are available free to players of Minecraft on PC or Mac only. You will need the latest version of Minecraft to play Tate Worlds via your Minecraft account.

The first Tate Worlds maps is available to download for free at http://www.tate.org.uk/tateworlds and focuses on the theme of ‘Cities’ the first two maps are inspired by André Derain’s 1906 painting of London, The Pool of London, and Christopher Nevinson’s 1920 painting of New York, Soul of the Soulless City.


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