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Lukas Birk / Time Out
Time Out says
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.
Tate Britain London
020 7887 8008
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- Tate Britain
Art. Masterpiece. Painting. Prints and editions. Sculpture. Renaissance art. Books and poetry. Things to do
Eating and drinking facilities. Café. Restaurant. Accessible facilities. Wheelchair access. Entertainment facilities. Late night. Event facilities. Audio tours (English language). Audio tours (multiple languages)
What's on at Tate Britain
- Rating: 5/5
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,...
Starling, who was nominated for the 2005 Turner Prize for his 'Shedboatshed' piece, creates a new work for the Tate's Duveen Galleries.
Caulfield's incredibly bold use of colour and simple lines made him a pioneer of early British contemporary art. But he himself rejected any such classification, striving instead to be seen in the same light as his French cubist and modernist heroes,...
Painting, Contemporary art
The Tate presents a survey of the one time Young British Artist's works on canvas. Making his name through his involvement in Damien Hirst's landmark 'Freeze' show in 1988, Hume has gone on to explore ideas of beauty through a dark lense. More than 20...
Lowry's distant little figures and brutal cityscapes are unique in their portrayal of the mid-twentieth century British working class. This exhibition aims to highlight the French influence at the root of his depictions of industrial Britain – putting...