The Tate Modern is the most visited art gallery in the world and one of London’s most important national galleries. It holds artworks by a staggering number of international artists, including Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.
The Tate Modern is a must-see for lovers of modern art. There are four expansive wings dedicated to the gallery’s permeant collections, a number of temporary exhibition spaces, and the enormous Turbine Hall which has witnessed everything from a bed of porcelain sunflower seeds in Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds to its own climate-system in Ólafur Elíasson’s incredible The Weather Project.
The permanent collections boast famous works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and Tacita Dean and are arranged thematically in areas such as ‘Poetry and Dream’ and ‘Energy and Process’. As well as art, the Tate Modern has a number of education spaces, auditoriums, performance spaces, restaurants and cafés. The bookshop has a fantastic selection of material on artists, movements and theories, as well as paint sets and postcards.
Bankside Power Station
The gallery is housed in the former Bankside Power Station, and the building’s original industrial architecture is preserved in the gallery’s imposing brick exterior. The Turbine Hall, named after the power turbines which used to occupy it, now houses massive artworks across five storeys and 3,400 square metres of floor space. The Tanks are converted spaces beneath the main building which used to hold oil and now showcase performance art.
The Tate Modern is situated in the cultural heart of Southbank, an area that includes the adjacent Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the National Theatre, the British Film Institute, the Southbank Centre and a selection of restaurants and bars. There’s enough to see, hear, taste and do here that it would take a lifetime to get round everything. In one direction you have London Bridge with the world-famous Borough Food Market and in the other, past the Southbank Centre, you have the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. Hop on a bus or tube and you’ll be in London’s West End in no time.
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