London PassFree audioguide at Tate Modern Entry to the Tate Modern is already free, but London Pass holders can get a free audioguide which will take them around the artworks on a self-guided tour
ViatorPrivate tour of the Tate Modern Hire a personal guide to accompany you around the galleries, pointing out all the greatest works and explaining the stories and meanings behind them
> Read Craig’s review of Tate Modern Check out my London blog for a full review, with more photos
Tate Modern achieved great acclaim when in opened in May 2000 – before anyone even walked through the door. The Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron transformed an old disused power station into a new London landmark – walking away with the prestigious Pritzker prize.
The building is almost as interesting as the art itself. Take the colossal Turbine Hall, for example. This was originally the centre-piece of the power station and now resembles the insides of a huge cathedral – 525-feet long and 115-feet tall.
The two-story glass block on top of the roof contains various cafes and viewing spots of the nation’s greatest landmarks.
Art exhibitions at the Tate cover a broad range of painters from 19th-century Impressionists, to modern day pop-art. Film media, photography and sculpture all feature too.
The Tate Modern’s permanent collection is grouped into four broad themes: Still Life/Objects/Real Life; Landscape/Matter/Environment; History/Memory/Society, and Nude/Action/Body.
You can find works by every famous artist of the last two centuries: Salvador Dalí, Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Francis Bacon and Mark Rothko, for example. Not to mention works by Georges Braque, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.
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Anni Albers exhibition, at the Tate Modern to Tate Modern Bankside
If you enjoy this then try: Hayward Gallery (walk it in 14 mins or catch a train from Southwark to Hayward Gallery); Saatchi Gallery (catch the tube from Southwark to Saatchi Gallery) and Serpentine Gallery (catch the tube from Southwark to Serpentine Gallery).