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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Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
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If you like modern art then the Tate is your heaven in the UK. The building itself is alone fairly impressive both inside and out with its stunning location by the Thames and its huge turbine hall as the glorious centre piece for all visitors. I've visited many times now and am still blown away by the vastness of the turbine hall area and the amazing art pieces that are placed there.
The Tate has recently been extended and now has a glorious viewing gallery which is definitely worth a look too. The one thing I would say is that the lifts that are available to this viewing point are a bit of a law unto themselves. I regularly see visitors looking confused as they wait insanely long amounts of time for the lift to arrive on prett much all of the floors to this view. If you can make the stairs then please do so. Trust me it's quicker.
The Tate has also become slightly confusing now that's it's a bit spread out over to building sections. I have to check where I'm going by referring to their wall maps and I've seen others also struggling. Signage to exhibitions please Tate people!
Other than this minor gripe the Tate is genuinely amazing. Free to enter (except for a few special exhibits) and there is so much to see that you could genuinely spend the entire day here.
Having previously been to MOMA in New York, my expectations were high. The selection of art at the Tate is vast, housing works from the likes of Claude Monet to Marcel Duchamp. It provides stables such as Picasso, Mondrian and Warhol, however, it offers only a single or small amount of works from each.
The vastness of the Tate Modern is impressive, and allows works of art to be presented sparingly. This avoids crowding and allows whole rooms and specific lighting for individual artworks or bodies of work such as Mark Rothko's 'The Seagram Murals', Cildo Meireles' electronic 'Babel' and progressive 'Embryology' by Magdalena Abakanowicz.
Yes, some of the artwork my just look like a urinal or a sown up potato, but if you read the artists' denotation you will surely be impressed.
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!
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.
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 ...
Wonderful location with the potential to be a really outstanding venue - unfortunately under a massive handicap due to the current regime in terms of much of the exhibitions and temporary collection. Very much a case of the Emporer's New Clothes - hopefully this may change when the existing dictatorship shuffles on or is overthrown. Perhaps we need an 'Art Spring'..
I am not very arty, I don´t understand modern art... but this is a great museum. Many interesting pieces of art, very spacious to walk in even when there are hundreds of people
Yes, it is a modern art museum, but I don't understand how the most of the pieces in it can be called master pieces. Maybe I am too classic.
A great place to spend a rainy day in London. It really does challenge your view of art. But, most importantly, it is free.
I came here for the first time with my friend who is an art student a few years back and went in with a closed mind as I wasn't sure what to expect. How wrong was I? Such an entertaining gallery (I'm not usually a fan) but it's exactly what it says in it's name, modern, I believe this helps it appeal to a younger audience and gets them more interested in the art. Another must see in London and another where you get free entry - so many amazing things to do for free!
I have visited the Tate Mordern 3 times in the past year and walked past the outside countless times and it never fails to awe me. My last visit took me to see the Roy Lichtenstein exhibit, someone whom I studied at school which gave me yet another reason to love this building (after studying it at University). I highly recommend standing on the viewing platform and taking in the full expanse of the Turnbine Hall!
Whether you think modern art is pretentious rubbish or eye-opening beauty, the Tate Modern still makes for a fun and interesting day out. Something in London that has to be tried at least once!
Having been taken to this page, from the film section, I unwisely believed it would actually show the films showing at Tate ......
A gallery I will visit when in London on my next visit to restore older buildings in Cities and have them for the public to see and use should be done more often Betty Maxey Clark 1/25/12
One art critic described this place as "whatever it is, it's not an art gallery". I agree; it's like a soulless art theme park. Art needs intimacy to work