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. It’s also looking to steal back a bit of the limelight from its starrier sibling with a 20-year redevelopment plan called the Millbank Project: conserving the building’s original features, upgrading the galleries, opening new spaces to the public and adding a new café. The art here is exceptional. The historical collection includes work by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Constable (who gets three rooms) and Turner (in the superb Clore Gallery). Many contemporary works were shifter to the other Tate when it opened, but Stanley Spencer, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon are all well represented, and Art Now installations showcase up-and-coming British artists. Temporary exhibitions include headline-hungry blockbusters and the annual controversy-courting Turner Prize exhibition (October-January). The gallery has a good restaurant and an exemplary gift shop.
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The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London review
For a show called ‘Impressionists in London’, there isn’t an awful lot of impressionism here. It’s almost as if the Tate organised a whole exhibition of old French paintings and realised too late that no one knows who any of these artists are. Then, in...Until Sunday April 29 2018
All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Life Painting
This exhibition traces a line from painters such as Walter Sickert through to the likes of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon to the present day looking at the intimacy and emotion in British painting. Including living artists such as Paula Rego and Frank...Wednesday February 28 2018 - Monday August 27 2018
Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One
'Aftermath' takes a look at the impact of WWI on art made in the UK, France and Germany. From the cabaret steeped hedonism of the Weimar Republic as captured by Otto Dix and George Grosz to the birth of Dada through Hannah Höch and André Masson this exhibition gathers...Tuesday June 5 2018 - Sunday September 16 2018
This will be a feast for the eyes. Known as the last of the Pre-Raphaelites, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones created symbolist works steeped in beauty in an effort to escape the modern world, and Tate Britain is staging the first large-scale exhibition of...Wednesday October 24 2018 - Sunday February 24 2019
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Great gallery, I prefer this to the tate modern. The permanent collection is much more interesting and the building is also worth a visit. Look out of the late at the tate events! All for free too.
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.
Really interesting! There is a film piece by Douglas Gordon called 'Play Dead; Real Time' which I could honestly watch for hours.