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A Short Guide to the Tate Modern

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Tate Modern

Location – Bankside, London  SE1 9TG

Tate Modern is London’s premier Art Gallery for Modern Art, it houses works of International Modern and Contemporary Art from 1900 to the present day.

Since its opening in 2000 it has grown to be the most visited Modern Art Gallery in the world with almost 5 million visitors annually.

The Art Gallery is situated in the former Bankside Power Station which was originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and was built-in 1947 and closed in 1981. The unique setting of a disused power station has enable the Tate Modern to put on shows and exhibits on a scale not possible for most other galleries. Its Turbine Hall, which once housed the electricity generators is five storeys tall with 3,400 square metres of floorspace.

It is estimated that the building was built with over four million bricks and the Gallery incorporates the industrial theme into its interior spaces. Spread over seven floors the main galleries are on Floors 2,3,4, there is a number of themes and subjects which encourage the visitor to explore the various areas. There are works from a wide range of artists from Picasso, Mondrian, Klee to Pollack.

Composition C (No.III) with Red, Yellow and Blue 1935 by Piet Mondrian 1872-1944

Composition C (No.III) with Red, Yellow and Blue 1935 by Piet Mondrian 1872-1944 (Tate Modern)

Part of the success of the Tate Modern has been its ability to attract a wide range of visitors who are often bemused and bewildered by some of the exhibits. The often quick turnaround of some of the exhibits means there is always something new and interesting to see.

Swinging 1925 by Wassily Kandinsky 1866-1944

Swinging 1925 by Wassily Kandinsky 1866-1944 (Tate Modern)

The restaurant and café are also very popular with wonderful views of St Paul’s and the City of London.

The large Tate Modern bookshop is a wonderful place to pick up a book on Modern Art or find that quirky present amongst the wide range of gifts.

Quartered Meteor 1969, cast 1975 by Lynda Benglis born 1941

Quartered Meteor 1969, cast 1975 Lynda Benglis (Tate Modern)

Admission & opening times

Admission to Tate Modern is free, except for special exhibitions

Opening times

Sunday – Thursday, 10.00–18.00

Friday – Saturday, 10.00–22.00

For more information visit the Tate Modern website here

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