Serotica, 2001


Serotica Press Clipping, Metro, 2002.

‘Artist Chris Coombes unveils a work-in-progress exhibition of Serotica: The Dream Comes True, a musical about the building of Tate Modern. And cunningly, he has broadened the show’s appeal by drawing parallels with recently defunct pop sensation Steps – as an illustrated timeline and videos with professionals who witnessed the fortunes of group and gallery will attest. “Director Lars Nittve leaving after barely a year of the gallery being open was a shock – Tate Modern and Steps really do seem to link at every turn”.’


Serotica Press Clipping, Guardian Guide, 2002.

‘The year is 1997, the place, a defunct power station on the Thames which will become Britain’s finest success story of 2000: Tate Modern. There’s been the book, the TV show and the T-shirt, now comes the musical, incorporating songs by Steps and a romantic story of lost love in the institution’s hallowed Turbine Hall. The work is the wild brainchild of conceptual artist Chris Coombes, who creates democratic art works that blend high and low culture. “It all started while I was working at Tate Britain” he says. “There was such an excitement about Tate Modern opening and I began to feel sorry for director of Tate Britain, Stephen Deuchar, who was being pushed out of the limelight.” An installation charts in time-line form the rise of his pop sensation alongside the construction of Tate Modern.’


Serotica Press Clipping, Evening Standard, 2002.

‘Serotica: The Dream Comes True. You’d imagine there would be a certain amount of back slapping that goes on behind Tate Modern’s closed doors. Nicholas Serota’s baby has been a runaway success, converting hordes of visual-art virgins to the pleasures of taking in a show. Now conceptual artist  Chris Coombes launches his new project – a musical that charts the rise of the Bankside phenomenon, set to the sounds of those fallen popsters Steps. It’s an unlikely coupling but, as Cameron Mackintosh has proved, the history of musicals is littered with such episodes. Storyboards and videos will give viewers a taste of the drama to come.’