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 shifted 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 (September-January). The gallery has a good restaurant and an exemplary gift shop.
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|Opening hours:||Daily 10am-6pm (last admission for special exhibitions 5.15pm)|
|Price:||Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions|
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Don McCullin review
Heads up: this is a difficult show. It’s difficult because it documents in crisp detail some of the most shameful aspects of humanity over the last 60-odd years. It’s difficult because a lot of the images here were commissioned by newspapers and magazines...Until Monday May 6 2019
Joanna Piotrowska: All Our False Devices review
Some art makes you laugh. Some art makes you cry. Some art makes your skin crawl off your body so you have to chase the fleshy sheet across the foyer of Tate Britain to put it back on again. Joanna Piotrowska’s photography and video works are on display...Photography Until Sunday June 9 2019 Free
Mike Nelson: The Asset Strippers review
Tate Britain is filled with the corpses of British industry, the long dead, rotting remains of this country itself. Strewn across the massive central Duveen Galleries are chunks of enormous abandoned machinery: presses, clamps, welders, cutters. Some...Until Sunday October 6 2019
Van Gogh and Britain review
This show is great if you want to see a bunch of artists rip off Vincent Van Gogh. If you’re hoping to be immersed in Vince’s swirling night visions or undulating sunflowers and landscapes, you’ll get a bit of it, but only a nibble. The main gist of the...Until Sunday August 11 2019
Frank Bowling gets a much-deserved major exhibition at Tate Britain. The artist's long-running career has seen him develop a unique style fusing abstraction with elements of figurative art. Londoners are in for a treat with this show which includes the...Friday May 31 2019 - Wednesday August 28 2019
William Blake: The Artist
William Blake didn't think much of London when he was alive, commemorating it as an industrialist Hell where he would 'mark in every face I meet / Marks of weakness, marks of woe.' Who knows what he would have thought of it come 2019, but here's something...Wednesday September 11 2019 - Sunday February 2 2020
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A truly great museum. The Turners alone would be worth the price of admission, if there were a price of admission. The recent Burne-Jones retrospective, running as I write for one more week, is a perfect example of how to curate an exhibition, pace the idiotic review in The Guardian. I live in Munich and visit London twice a year on average, and I always try to make time for the Tate.
This is my favourite museum in London so far. The building in itself is incredible, bold and just stunning. There are no other constructions around it, making it really stand out. Inside you'll find endless art pieces, from sculptures to paintings, it's just a delight. Amongst the incredible art in there you'll find artwork by Turner, Hockney, Bacon and many more. It's definitely worth the visit - and it's all free :)
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.
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