Elton John’s passion for contemporary art is often discussed, but what’s less known is that he has one of the greatest private collections of modernist photography in the world – and in typical style, he’s about to throw a party to celebrate it.
As part of The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection (Thursday November 10 to Sunday May 7) at Tate Modern, John and his husband David Furnish will be hosting a black-tie charity dinner and private view on Thursday December 1 (from 7pm, tickets from £1,000). Held in association with Bulgari, the event will benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation and includes a reception in the foyer of the Radical Eye exhibition space, followed by a dinner in The Tanks – the area of Tate Modern that originally housed the oil tanks for Bankside Power Station and is now used for immersive performances and video art. The evening runs until 2am, finishing with an after party and performance by Craig David.
Works by Brassai, Modotti, Moholy-Nagy and Rodchenko feature among the nearly 150 prints by more than 70 artists on show as part of The Radical Eye, which also documents the extraordinary stylistic changes that took place across the discipline of image making in the first half of the 20th century. “Each of these photographs serves as inspiration for me in my life”, explains John. “They line the walls of my homes and I consider them precious gems.”