Lukas Birk / Time Out
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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
Recently acquired work by the Lancashire-born sculptor along with significant career pieces from the Tate collection go in display in the stunning setting of the Neo-Classical Duveen Galleries. Wilding incorporates unrelated elements in her work to establish...
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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...
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...
Painting, Contemporary art
Coinciding with the grand unveiling of the recently revamped Tate Britain, this exhibition will reveal what painting means today from the perspective of Tomma Abts, Gillian Carnegie, Simon Ling, Lucy McKenzie and Catherine Story.
Turner Prize-winner Deacon has been at the forefront of contemporary sculptural practice in this country since early '80s, constructing open-form and airy forms that twist and snake through spaces. This chronological survey will feature 40 key works by...
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...