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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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Magic Realism -- Art In Weimar Germany to Tate Modern Bankside
Anni Albers exhibition, at the Tate Modern to Tate Modern Bankside
Pierre Bonnard — The Colour Of Memory to Tate Modern Bankside
Franz West at the Tate Modern to Tate Modern Bankside
Dorothea Tanning retrospective to Tate Modern Bankside
Natalia Goncharova at the Tate Modern to Tate Modern Bankside
Olafur Eliasson at the Tate Modern to Tate Modern Bankside
Nam June Paik — The Future Is Now to Tate Modern Bankside
If you enjoy this then try: Hayward Gallery (walk it in 14 mins or catch a train from Southwark to Waterloo); Saatchi Gallery (catch the tube from Southwark to Sloane Square) and Serpentine Gallery (catch the tube from Southwark to South Kensington).