Thanks to its industrial architecture, this powerhouse of modern art is awe-inspiring even before you enter. Built after World War II as Bankside Power Station, it was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, architect of Battersea Power Station. The power station shut in 1981; nearly 20 years later, it opened as an art museum, and has enjoyed spectacular popularity ever since. The gallery attracts five million visitors a year to a building intended for half that number; the first fruits of work on the immensely ambitious, £215m TM2 extension opened in 2012: the Tanks, so-called because they occupy vast, subterranean former oil tanks, will stage performance and film art. As for the rest of the extension, a huge new origami structure, designed by Herzog & de Meuron (who were behind the original conversion), will gradually unfold above the Tanks until perhaps 2016, but the work won’t interrupt normal service in the main galleries.
In the main galleries themselves, the original cavernous turbine hall is still used to jaw-dropping effect as the home of large-scale, temporary installations. Beyond, the permanent collection draws from the Tate’s collections of modern art (international works from 1900) and features heavy hitters such as Matisse, Rothko and Beuys – a genuinely world-class collection, expertly curated. There are vertiginous views down inside the building from outside the galleries, which group artworks according to movement (Surrealism, Minimalism, Post-war abstraction) rather than by theme.
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Around Abstract Art 1920-1935Until Saturday December 31 2016 FreeRead more
Arte Povera And Anti-FormUntil Saturday December 31 2016 FreeRead more
Works including the installation Liquid Crystal Environment, 1965, made with unstable materials and chemical reactions to explore processes of change, destruction and renewal.Installation Until Saturday December 31 2016Read more
Nam June Paik
A display featuring rarely-seen work on paper, and other key pieces, spanning 40 years of the artist's career, and acquired by Tate through the artist's family's generosity.Mixed media Until Sunday December 31 2017Read more
If there are no original ideas left in art, it’s probably because Robert Rauschenberg had them all. Over the course of his 60-year career (he died in 2008 aged 82), he reinvented, reused, recycled and revolutionised himself so many times that walking...Until Sunday April 2 2017Read more
The EY Exhibition: Wifredo Lam
The first work in this show is a beautifully fine graphite self-portrait by Cuban modernist Wifredo Lam. Take a good long look at his features, because they matter. Lam was born to a Chinese father, and a mother descended from Spanish conquistadors and...Until Sunday January 8 2017Read more
The Hyundai Commission: Philippe Parreno
Details of Parreno's commission for Tate Modern's vast Turbine Hall space have been pretty damn vague. But we should definitely expect something grand, ambitious and dazzling. Quite possibly with bio-reactors, helium canisters and ventriloquism. Read...Until Sunday April 2 2017 FreeRead more
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Tate Tap Takeover
On the last Thursday of each month, the taps at the Tate Modern are taken over by a British craft brewery. Tickets start from £10 for five thirds (190ml) of beer and founders and directors will be around to talk brewing processes, branding and all things...Food and drink events Thursday December 29 2016Read more
At first glance, Wolfgang Tillmans's photographs look almost throwaway. His subjects are so varied – friends, foliage, oceans, genitals – that you'd be forgiven for thinking he doesn't give them any thought. But take a step back, and you realise you're...Wednesday February 15 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017Read more
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Going to Tate Modern on a saturday has always seemed to me a terrible idea however I've decided to adventure myself and get over the fear. I was more interested in knowing and seeing the buzz about the new Tate Modern extension: the Switch House. The Switch House is both the perfect extension and the perfect compliment to the original building the Boiler House. The war and industrial feeling in the Switch House is overpowering and this does not change as you go up the building (no wonder the ground floor has been named the Tanks). The rawness of the live performances and the exhibitions in the building not only match this overpowering sense but also give a certain sensuality to the Switch House experience. These are particularly felt in the Tanks, where instruments just lay on the floor and where a group of five people move randomly across the room and in Louise Bourgeois’s exhibition where sex, death, love and vulnerability are the main themes in a very intimist journey. I attempt to say let's forget the Boiler House for a while and explore the infinity possibilities in the Switch House.
Great temporary exhibitions however the permanent collection hasn't changed in a long time! The building alone is worth a visit, the turbine hall is particularly impressive!
I do like visiting, the exhibitions are always sublime and well curated but I would like the main bulk of the exhibits to change every once in a while. I do feel like they have been the same the whole time I lived in london (8 years)
After not having been for a while (which is a disgrace considering I only live a 10min walk from the museum) I ventured back across the Millennium Bridge to see if any of the permanent exhibitions had been updated and was I in for a treat! It started with the very interesting art project in the turbine hall by Abraham Cruzvillages. The artist pretty much created a suburban allotment on stilts. The biggest surprise however was to be found on the first floor which had been re-curated entirely. On one half it still had the Citizens and States with the likes of Picasso, but with a lot of new works from for example Mondriaan which I had never seen at Tate Modern before. The most interesting exhibition however was the "Making Traces" show in which Mark Rothko's works found a new home. I have missed those pieces since the took them away from the public eye a while ago. Please do me a favour and go visit Tate Modern to discover the new first floor! You'll Love it!
Visiting the other day, I was struck by how easy it was to move through the rooms and leave totally unchanged, uninspired or in any way enlightened about the stuff that makes life interesting. It's a shame because the space is fantastic, and there are some genuine highlights (in the permanent collection, the Cy Twombly and Giuseppe Penone sculptures, Meredith Frampton's stunning portrait of Marguerite Kelsey). NB I did't see the temporary exhibitions this time, so not counting them in this.
The new wing they're building wont' solve this problem - the Tate needs either better art, or a better "story", to use the language of our time, not necessarily more art.
Everyone else rightly picks up on the great venue itself - cafes, locations, stuff for kids: I completely agree with that. If you're looking for something to do with friends or kids for a few hours, then its great. Just not for a fresh and challenging experience of art.
I love this gallery. There is always so much to see. The modern sculpture display are most magnificent. When you get tired, go to the cafe on the top floor and enjoy a cup of coffee and the view of the River Thames. Brilliant View.
One of my favourite places in London- getting there is a treat, either across the Millennium bridge with its stunning views down the river and back to St Pauls, or along the Thames past The Globe or the great eateries. Once there at the Tate Modern, there is always at least one top class exhibition to see- currently Matisse or Richard Hamilton (I preferred the latter). The room are well curated with a mixture of styles and the guided talks are well worth the investment, Book shop is great and the café gives you the opportunity to sit in the fresh air and look across at the Thames & St Pauls
We loved visiting the Tate Modern, my daughter always loved art, so it was by chance we visited on a wet day, but what a memorable experience. So much to look at and admire, paintings, photography, this museum is one the best things to see in London, lovely shop, and lots for children to participate in.
A must go for art lovers! And if you need to take a break from all the wonderful paintings, photography, and sculptures go to the cafe and enjoy the view over the Themse and the city!
It is a really nice place, however I am not a big fan of a modern art plus I haven't seen new pieces in ages. Still it is worth going to see the view from terraces.
Tate's great, two simple words that sum up this place, My sister updates my membership each Christmas and it truly is the gift that keeps on giving. I always enter via the millennium bridge so I can see the new London (Shard) verses the old (St Pauls). The latest suprise was the new room dedicated to the American great photographer William Eggleston and as my friend Susie says Billys work reminds her of one of her all time favourite quotes from Camille Pissaro “Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where others see nothing”. Truly recommended. I'm devoted to the mans work and I'll say it again the Tate is great.
This is an excellent gallery which really needs a second visit to take in everything. I would love to do a gig here as the building also has excellent acoustic properties. http://www.steelbandhire.com/
Lot of lovely art display. Like the café in the upper gallery. Get a good view of the rive Thames while enjoying a cup of tea. Brilliant
This is an excellent art gallery with many interesting paintings and sculptures. Ideal for impressing an arty girl!
Worth it just for the architecture alone - the art, views and cafe are a bonus. Plus it's free to get in - what are you waiting for?
The Tate is such a fun building and place, with its changing exhibitions there is always something new to see. It has such a wide range of interactive, weird and modern exhibitions and makes a great day out for a family or adults looking to see something new, interesting. It sparks a great talking point and I would highly recommend. It is also worth checking out what exhibitions they have so that you can time your visit with a particular interest.
Really worth having a visit, and a revisit every now and then. Perfect for a reunion with a friend, talking about now and then in front of a Warhol painting, or just enjoying the greatest views of Sant Paul and The City from the bar on the top floor! If you have no clue about any vanguardism, there are fantastic mural paintings with a very visual quick explanation of the last 100 years. Do not miss it!
its a great building, and has some of the most inspiring artists in the world. its the only place like it in the uk, not only does it offer already famous artist like dali and pollock but it also allows new artists to debut thier work among the greats giving the tate a very broad array of interest. If you like art its great.
Free, Free Free... yeah and free your mind. Don't take the Tate Modern too serious - JUST ENJOY! I know little about art, I don't have time to really care, but I do like life experiences. Catch a boat 'up' the Thames... head into the gallery and you have yourself an amazing and interesting day out... for pennies. Impressed?
The Tate Modern is an incredibly awe inspiring place ... The works of Art are simply fantastic & I could spend many more enjoyable hours in its company ...