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April 6, 2012 6:18 PM

DLA Piper and Marianne Faithfull: A Match Made in Liverpool

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

Husky-voiced British singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull, who famously cowrote The Rolling Stones' 1971 song "Sister Morphine" has an unlikely new collaborator: DLA Piper.

The Liverpool branch of the United Kingdom's renowned Tate museums is welcoming Faithfull as the most recent cocurator of an art series the law firm has sponsored since 2008. Faithfull's responsibilities include working with the Tate Liverpool's curators to select works from the Tate Collection for a display called "Innocence and Experience" that will begin its run on April 20. The selected works, including pieces by William Blake and Robert Mapplethorpe, either inspired the chanteuse during her career or were inspired by her, according to The Observer.

A firm spokesman confirmed that DLA Piper has been one of the Tate Liverpool's main corporate sponsors since 2005. The idea that the firm would sponsor a free-admission art series popped up that year amid preparations for Liverpool being named the 2008 European Capital of Culture (a continent-wide program that promotes culture in new cities each year). At the end of 2008 the firm announced it would extend the sponsorship, which is led by Liverpool office managing partner Philip Rooney, through the end of 2012. (The firm has confirmed that it will renew the partnership again after this year.)

The series is titled "The DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture," and has featured a variety of modern installations, including works by Salvador DalĂ­ and Jeff Koons. The series has also included several exhibitions that make use of other media, like the Faithfull-curated collection.

Faithfull, who gained notoriety in the 1960s as a solo artist and as Mick Jagger's girlfriend, spent part of her childhood in Liverpool and returned there often as a performer, according to an interview she gave with The Observer. The collection she is curating runs through September 2.

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