I'm spending the weekend in Malmoe, in southern Sweden with my twelve- year-old son. He usually visits me in England every three weeks, but this time I thought I'd go over to him instead. My trip coincides with the opening of a Tony Cragg exhibition at The Kunsthall in Oslo. It's lovely to see my son and he's very keen to show me his bedroom since I last came over, introduce me to his friends and show me what he's been doing at school. The Tony Cragg is a fantastic exhibition. He is a major British sculptor and I've been following him since the early 1980s. Spring has just finished and it's beautiful out here, so I'm sad to leave.
I sleep in a bit before going to the Dulwich Picture Gallery to see a new exhibition of the paintings of Utrillo. As well as enjoying seeing all these great exhibitions, it's important to see what my colleagues are doing. It's a very interesting exhibition which in effect offers a re-evaluation of Utrillo's work which was always perceived as so sweet. I take a lovely walk in the park afterwards, before going home to do some paperwork. I round off a nice day with dinner at some friends.
I get into the office around 9am to check some emails and calls. At 10 there is a photo opportunity for a project called Capital which is what we call a temporary intervention by two artists Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska. The concept was inspired by the Bank of England - being a building which places value on things. The artists have produced a book based on the idea of how we perceive value. Every day, a member of the Tate Modern staff arbitrarily selects a customer and gives them a double- sided print by the two artists. We get fairly mixed responses from everyone. Then in the afternoon I have to look at the entries for the Clore Art Awards. This is a competition where schools send in their ideas for their art projects. These are then judged by a panel of judges.It's fascinating to see what inspiration art teachers are giving to children of all age groups. I go up to my office to do some paperwork before having an interview with a Scandinavian newspaper.
At 9 am we have a staff meeting where we discuss the anniversary of Tate Modern. I make a speech about how I feel Tate Modern has done in its first year and what challenges face us for the future. …