BP Walk through British Art

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Tate Britain

Until Wed May 14

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MrTimChow

You would think 500 years of British Art would be overwhelming - how do you cram in half a millennium exactly? Luckily, the expansive and impressive Tate Britain is up to the challenge, leading visitors on a journey through the years. Ordered chronologically, each room represents a particular year allowing visitors to see how British art has evolved. It's a brilliant exhibition whether you know you're Francis Bacon from your J.W Turner or you know very little about British art (like myself). You can find my review and my favourite pieces from the exhibition here http://www.imwanderingandpositive.com/bp-walk-british-art-review-highlights-500-years/

Pip Cottam

Getting dropped off by a taxi, mounting the Milbank steps and entering to view the new £45m staircase was exciting, as it had only opened the day before. It is a very nice staircase, with an art deco fell but the boys were more interested in the idea that the building had originally been a prison and the plans and drawings next to the Café on the lower floor. I'm a traditionalist at heart and felt a huge chandelier wouldn't look out of place in the vaulted ceiling which was light and airy and would reflect the light fantastically. For myself, partner, 6 year old & 4 year old we endeavoured to make our way around the "Walk through of British Art" in the correct order, but sometimes got a bit muddled and ended up going back in time. In the words of the 6 year old it featured "Zombies, Battles, People, Model things and a really cool Ninja Drummer (Der Trommer). As an Exhibition in itself, to educate those in the progression of art through the past 500 years it was interesting and informative, great for our kids introduction to Art History. Sculpture featured heavily, which was great to see. Some items were predictable, others more thought provoking. The 4 year old really wanted to know why the Elephant was holding a gun and explaining paintings based on the Bible and resurrection led to the comparison with Zombies by the 6 Year old. I would err against visiting the Djanogly Café currently as it was disorganised, badly signed and arranged and even with over 6 staff for around 12 customers, the wait time was over 10 minutes for drinks and payment. The food however was good quality. This needs a major rethink. The bar upstairs in the Rotunda would have been better had we found this at lunchtime!