Tate Modern

Tate Modern art gallery
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Address:
Tate Modern, Bankside SE1 9TG
Tel:
0207 887 8888
Web:
tate.org.uk

Opening times and price

Opening hours:
10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Thu, Sun); 10 AM to 10 PM (Fri-Sat); Last entry 45 mins before closing
Visiting hours are subject to change
Ticket cost:
Adults free entry
Time required:
A typical visit to Tate Modern lasts 1½-2 hours (approx)

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The nearest train station to Tate Modern is Southwark
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Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of Tate Modern  Check out my London blog for a full review, with more photos

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Tate Modern is No.2 in the list of London’s most visited attractions, No.6 in our list of London’s best art galleries, and No.7 in our Top 10 things to do for free.

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.

Painting at Tate Modern

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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  • Fish – “I visited this the same day that I visited the magnificent ceiling painted by rubens in banqueting house, and I must say that I much prefer the classical and traditional styles of art. I am not saying there is nothing to enjoy in the modern art galleries, but I don't see the attraction in a pile of everyday objects. For example, in the national gallery you can look at van gogh's 'sunflowers', which is a marvelous painting, whereas in the tate modern they would be much more likely to put the actual vase and flowers on display instead. But where is the art in that? I can see Sunflowers whenever I walk into a flower shop. The skill comes in transferring what it looks like to canvas. So, maybe I am just too old to appreciate modern art, but give me a proper painting everday of the week!.”

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Events at Tate Modern

Magic Realism -- Art In Weimar Germany    to

Pierre Bonnard — The Colour Of Memory    to

Franz West at the Tate Modern    to

Dorothea Tanning retrospective    to

Natalia Goncharova at the Tate Modern    to

Olafur Eliasson at the Tate Modern    to

Nam June Paik — The Future Is Now    to

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