Unfinished JMW Turner Paintings To Hang At Tate Britain

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Unfinished works by JMW Turner will go on show in an exhibition at Tate Britain.

The show will include a series of little-known nudes he painted during a visit to Rome, as well as paintings of Venice, seascapes, oil paintings and sketchbooks.

It is part of a rehang of the Tate's Clore Gallery, which has been dedicated to the artist since it opened 25 years ago, and a complete re-hang of Tate Britain.

The exhibition will also include a room of Turner watercolours chosen by Latvian-American artist Vija Celmins whose work is noted for its near abstract sea and skyscapes.

Turner, who died in 1851, was the most successful British artist of his generation and is regarded as a modern master.

Meanwhile, the Tate Britain has reached its £45 million fundraising target, with refurbished galleries due to open in 12 months, it was announced today.

The goal has been reached with £4.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), £1 million from Tate members and donations from charitable foundations.

The central London gallery's domed atrium will be opened up with a spiral staircase, a new cafe, galleries rebuilt with stronger floors so they can hold major sculptures, and a new entrance specifically for school children.

Tate Britain's director Penelope Curtis said: "Now that the funding is in place we can consolidate our ambition to bring together the architecture of our building with the way we show our collections.

"They will enhance each other in a way which I hope and believe will reward our many supporters."

There will be a "major rehang" in the refurbished galleries with a "semi-permanent display" telling the story of British art in chronological order.

It will include work by artists such as William Blake, David Hockney and LS Lowry as well as lesser-known names.

There will also be galleries dedicated to Blake and sculptor Henry Moore.