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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Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One review
Wars have a way of never ending. Long after the weapons have been dropped, the wounds in society continue to fester for decades. The waves of war ripple throughout time, and each war feels like it happens in the wake of the last one, part of some endless...Until Sunday September 16 2018
All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Life Painting review
There are two main characters in this big show: the human body, and London. Both of them come across as lonely and isolated; bitter, violent and lost. This is an exhibition of figure painting through the twentieth century – a time of upheaval and pain...Until Monday August 27 2018
Anthea Hamilton review
Imagine you’re a squash – as in, a butternut squash. Now imagine what kind of art you would most like, based on your squashy-brained characteristics. For her 2018 Tate Britain Commission for the Duveen Galleries, Anthea Hamilton has created a squash-human...Sculpture Until Sunday October 7 2018
Art Now: Lisa Brice review
John Everett Millais’s ‘Ophelia’ is the unofficial poster girl of Tate Britain. Most recently her soggy image was slapped on the cover of the book of Tate ‘highlights’ overflowing on the gift shop stands. Lisa Brice, a South African-born artist now living...Painting Until Monday August 27 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
Don McCullin is one of Britain's most prolific photographers, with a career that has taken him across the globe. Tate Britain now displays over 250 images snapped and printed by McCullin. The locations range from the war zones of Syria and Vietnam to...Tuesday February 5 2019 - Monday May 6 2019
The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain
The world's favourite sunflower-painted returns to London with 2019's EY exhibition at Tate Britain. A lesser-known fact about the Dutch painter is that he was a bit of an Anglophile. Along with spending time in England during the early days of his career,...Wednesday March 27 2019 - 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
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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.