The Tate Modern is a popular tourist attraction in London and part of the Tate Group of Art Galleries. The Tate Modern houses works from various artists like Claude Monet, Anish Kapoor and Henri Matisse.
The Tate Modern art gallery is the British National gallery for modern art and is part of the Tate group. The Tate Modern is situated in the former Bankside Power Station in London.
The Bankside Power Station
The Bankside Power Station was originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and build in two stages between 1947 and 1963. The power station was eventually closed in 1983. It is still an impressive building at the banks of the river Thames and forms a perfect match with its current destination as art gallery.
With almost 5 million visitors a year the Tate Modern is one of the biggest tourist attractions of London and if you are in the English capital you must check it out yourself.
The Tate Modern Collections
The collections in the Tate Modern are a variety of modern international and contemporary art dated between 1900 and today. The collections in the Tate Modern are on display on level three and five of the building and level four houses a large space for temporary exhibitions. On level two you will find a smaller space for the exhibitions of the contemporary arts.
The Tate Modern was opened in 2000 and in the beginning the collections were not displayed in chronological order but just randomly across the building. This gave the visitors a wrong view on the beautiful collections. Currently the collections are categorized by themes and grouped into four main groups;
1. History – Memory – Society
2. Nude – Action – Body
3. Landscape – Matter – Environment
4. Still Life – Object – Real Life
This grouping exercise made it possible to see where the gaps were in the various collections and came to light after a chronological survey.
In 2006 the re-grouped exhibition was re-opened for the public.
On Level 3 you will find the Material Gestures and the Poetry and Dream section with work of Claude Monet, Anish Kapoor, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Henri Matisse and Tacita Dean.
On Level 5 you will find the Energy and Process section with works of Alighiero Boetti, Jannis Kounellis, Kasimir Malevic, Anna Mendieta, Mario Merz and Jenny Holzer.
In the Sates of Flux section is the focus on cubism, futurism, vorticism and pop art. Here you can see the works of Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol
The temporary exhibitions are held in the massive former Turbine Hall of the building. In this five storeys tall hall is now 3,400 square meters of floor space available for the display of large works and contemporary art works that are on display every year between October and March.
About the Tate Group
The Tate Group is a group of art galleries and consists of the following locations; The Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives and Tate Online.
How to get to the Tate Modern
As to most of the tourist attractions in London it is preferable if you use the London Underground, or Tube, to go to the Tate Modern. The nearest Tube Station is Southwark and then it takes you around five minutes to walk to the gallery.
You can also take the riverboat and this will bring you to the Bankside Pier, which is close to the Tate Modern. This boat servise can also bring you to the Tate Britain.
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