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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
July 26, 2009
From journal Eat, sleep and take in a little art in London
April 22, 2008
From journal London, Free and Easy
April 8, 2006
From journal 3 Days in London
by captain kait
Houghton, New York
June 19, 2005
Although the Tate Britian is not one of the most well-known or popular art galleries in London, its collection was probably my personal favorite. The first time I visited, it took me a while to find an entrance (I later found out that the front of the building faces the Thames, while most forms of public transportation leave you at the back), and I didn't know where I was supposed to start my visit. In this museum, though, that wasn't a problem. Each gallery or group of galleries is self-contained, yet transitions between the sections are fluid. In other words, it's easy to wander around and not feel lost but see plenty of what the museum has to offer.
What the collection does house are large numbers of works from British artists, big and small. Unlike galleries, which feature one or two pieces from major artists, here you can see multiple works and start to get a feel for their styles. After seeing their works here, I was able to identify Turners, Joseph Wrights, and others when I saw them in other galleries. My personal favorites were some of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood works, which use vibrant colors and tell stories of the British and world history. I especially fell in love with J.E. Millais, whose statue stands outside the museum. There is also plenty of modern art in a setting that isn't as intimidating as the Tate Modern. The great thing about the Tate Modern is that it is specialized enough not to be overwhelming, but also diverse enough not to be boring.
From journal London Museums
by Nicola Six
London, United Kingdom
October 30, 2003
The collection is displayed thematically and you may wander through a series of interconnecting rooms. 'Private Lives', for example, affords a glimpse into domestic British interiors by a number of painters from 1900 - 1920 and 'Modern Art and Tradition' explores Britain’s cultural heritage. There are also rooms devoted to single influential artists which change from time to time. Most works have informative plaques alongside in English and there are introduction pieces giving social and historical settings at the entrance to each room. You can hire an audio guide and there is an excellent shop selling the usual arty paraphernalia.
If the Turner prize (Britain’s leading contemporary art award) contenders are exhibited when you visit, make sure you have a good look and arm yourself with an opinion for that late night discussion down the pub.
Eating and Drinking
If you are ready for lunch there is a highly recommended, formal restaurant within the gallery, sporting a specially commissioned mural by Whistler 'The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats'. The Time Out Eating and Drinking Guide 2000 describes it as a 'cracker of a restaurant'. Three course set lunches cost 19.50 and a la carte is available for around 25 plus wine and service. Booking is advised. Tel: 020 7887 8825.
If three courses in the middle of the day might slow you down, light meals and sandwiches are available from the Cafe and Espresso Bar. There is a separate area for families and you may also bring your own food.
Another option in good weather is to take your own picnic to Bessborough Gardens, a hidden horticultural oasis a short walk from the gallery. Be warned though, there are no shops to buy picnic food from locally so prepare before you come.
Wheelchair access is good.
Tate Britain is an excellent experience for children of all ages. There are regular activity sessions that include an Art Trolley with free games, trails and materials for children to use with adults. Free family activity bags can also be had from the information desk. Art Space is a play area set aside from the main gallery. Audio Tours are aimed at 8 - 12 year olds proving a fun, interactive guide to the works on display.
For information on current exhibitions and the permanent collection, visit www.tate.org.uk.
From journal London for Art Lovers