Tate Modern is the most visited modern art museum in the word, its visits surpass the MoMA in New York. Its original name was National British Museum of Modern Art, but everyone knows it as Tate Modern.
At first, the museum was conceived to receive 1,8 million visitors per year, but there are so many they arrive up to 5,2 annual visits. This is why Tate expanded its premises.
There are a total of four Tates: Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. These last three are not in London. These museums’ collections are so wide that only 10% is exhibited. For art lovers, don’t worry, its entire collection can be seen on the internet.
The museum is located on the banks of the Thames, in an old factory in Bankside, designed and built by Sir Giles Gilbert, known for being the designer of England’s red phone boxes. It was built between 1947 -1963, and when it shut down, swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron presented a project to refurbish the building in an ambitious project which would become the museum of modern art that we know nowadays. Initially, Tate was thought for 1 million visitors per year, but as we said earlier on, demand was so high they had to expand its premises to attend so many visitors.
The permanent exhibition of Tate Modern is located between the third and fifth floors of the old power plant. It is considered one of the most complete contemporary art collections in the world. Most of the art is XXth century and they’re created by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, Mark Rothko, Claude Monet, amongst many more…
The aim of this floor is to show abstraction and pictorial and sculptural expression of the European and American post war. There is a total of 9 rooms where we can find expressionism, actionism, vienese and abstract expressionism creations and pictures by Paul McCarty, Marlene Dumas or Barnett Newman. The other section is dedicated to surrealism, with paintings by Max Ernst, Picasso and Francis Bacon.
On this floor you’ll find the most experimental pieces. They are current Works bought by Tate Modern and the central guideline is taking the máximum advantage of buildings, the museum’s site to be more precise, to move social changes and make visitors reflect. Another section you’ll find is dedicated to avant-garde movements.
Entry to the museum is totally free, you only pay for temporary exhibitions or private tours of the museum. Until the 7th September 2014, the Matisse,cut-outs exhibition is held:
Adults:£18 (£16.30 with no donation)
Under 12s: Free
For more information visit their site.
Open every day of the year:
From Sunday to Thursday: from 10:00 to 18:00 h
Friday and Saturday: from 10:00 to 22:00 h
It is located in the Southwark district, on Bankside by the river Themes. In front of Tate Modern you can find the Millennium bridge that connects to Saint Paul’s Cathedral.
Underground: Southwark, Jubilee line
Buses: RV1, 45, 63 100, 381 y 344.
Boat: There’s a boat called Tateboat that connects Tate Britain and Tate Modern to the London Eye. There’s one every 40 minutes.
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