Ten Years at the Tate Modern in London
It is hard to believe that the Tate Modern
is now 10 years old and since its opening, more than 30 million people have visited. Created out of a disused power station on the Southbank
, opposite St Paul's Cathedral in London
, the gallery was designed for 1.8 million visitors annually however this has been largely surpassed by the 4.6 million visitors a year that actually walk through the doors!
As one of four Tate galleries, this central London collection comprises of international modern and contemporary art dating from 1900s onwards. There are four wings located on Levels 3 and 5 and the layout is themed rather than chronological in the four sections; Nude/Action/Body, History/Memory/Society, Still Life/Object/Real Life and Landscape/Matter/Environment. You will see works of art by Cezanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois.
The awe-inspiring Turbine Hall, once home of the electricity generators, is very popular. It is five storeys tall with 3,400 m2 of floor space and spans the length of the entire building. Exhibitions in the Turbine Hall are sponsored by Unilever and are specially commissioned work with contemporary artists on a large scale basis.
The London Tate Modern is a great day out in London and it's FREE! The Tate Modern address is Bankside, London SE1 9TG. For further information visit www.tate.org.uk
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