Loved Turner and Bacon paintings and many more. Beautiful building and free admission with option for donation which makes the Tate accessible to everyone visiting London. Great gift shop.
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Posted: Wed Oct 31 2012
Tate Modern gets all the attention, but the original Tate Gallery, founded by sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate, has a broader and more inclusive brief. Housed in a stately Portland stone building on the riverside, Tate Britain is second only to the National Gallery when it comes to British art. The historical collection includes work by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Constable (who gets three rooms to himself) and Turner (whose works are displayed in the grand Clore Gallery). Many contemporary works were shifted to Tate Modern when it opened in 2000, but Stanley Spencer, Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Francis Bacon are well represented here, and the Art Now installations showcase up-and-coming British artists. The gallery also hosts the controversy-courting Turner Prize exhibition (Oct-Jan). The gallery has a good restaurant and a well-stocked gift shop, and the handy Tate-to-Tate boat service zips along the Thames to Tate Modern.
What's on at Tate Britain
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How to do justice to 500 years of British art in just 500 words? Listing each of the years in order might sound like a lame start, but this complete refresh and rehang of ‘the old Tate’ takes just such a no-nonsense, historical approach as its backbone,...
Folk art has a long, deeply-rooted history in Britain, but has never gained the popularity - or even academic interest - that it deserves. This will be the first ever major exhibition dedicated to folk art in this country, and with over 100 different...
Painting, Sculpture, Contemporary art
Clark was an art historian and patron who played a pivotal role in the development of twentieth century British art. This exhibition examines his impact through he relationships with the likes of Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and the Bloomsbury Grou...
Art, Things to do
This Late at Tate invites audiences to examine visual codes, subculture and power through the lens of British art. The current Tate Britain displays will be explored to investigate influence and cultural codes through a series of performances and gallery...
The late period of Turner's career saw him create some of his most recognisable and enduring works, so it's surprising that this is the first exhibition to look solely at that period. With over 150 works from all over Europe this is sure to be an eye-opener...
The annual Tate Britain Commission invites an artist to respond to the Tate's collection and create work. The grandiose Duveen Galleries will be taken over this year by an ambitious new work by the British artist Phyllida Barlow.
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For objects that are fixed and immobile, Richard Deacon’s sculptures are astonishingly full of life. Everywhere you look in this retrospective of the British artist there’s some monumental wooden form curving and coursing through space, some linear shape...
This show looks at the depiction of ruins in art from the seventeenth century onwards, featuring work by Constable and Turner alongside contemporary artists like Rachel Whiteread and Tacita Dean. John Martin's incredible apocalyptic masterpiece 'The Destruction...
After travelling to Derry-Londonderry last year, the annual exhibition returns to London this autumn with four more hopeful artists all vying for the glory of winning the coveted Turner Prize. This year’s jury include Stefan Kalmar of Artists Space, New...
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