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June 25, 2005
Regular exhibitions are rich, with pieces from Gerhard Richter, Paul Klee, Salvador Dali, and many others, but there are also temporary exhibitions here. When I was there, a collection from Kahlo was being exhibited.
The first thing I noticed in this museum was the space. It is so crowded in London, but in this museum, I saw that the average space per visitor is more than in the parks. The museum has a café on the ground floor, but for an excellent view over St Paul’s Cathedral, go to the seventh floor. There is an outstanding restaurant here as well where you can eat modern food, literally.
Entrance to the museum is free, and it is open 10am to 10pm Friday and Saturdays and between 10am and 6pm other days.
From journal London in Three Days
Santa Cruz, California
August 12, 2004
It is a long trek from central London, so don't try to hoof it like we did. We got very lost, and it was raining. Try taking a cab or the underground.
The museum is very cold and sterile feeling. There weren't many pieces I enjoyed. However, I was fascinated by a digital piece that showed the stages of a plate of fruit rotting. Quite graphic.
If you LOVE modern art and clean, cold lines, spend an afternoon at the Tate. Otherwise, it's no more satisfying than a pint at a pub with some fish and chips.
From journal London Bridges Aren't Falling Down
March 24, 2004
From journal London through the Looking Glass
November 14, 2003
With that introduction, it won't surprise you to hear that the museum is housed in what was previously called the Bankside Power Station, originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (also the architect of the Battersea Power Station - you will have seen its four chimneys from the London Eye), the Liverpool Anglican cathedral, University libraries in Oxford and Cambridge, Waterloo Bridge, and the famous British red telephone box (sadly fewer of those to spot these days)).
The power station itself was a brick-clad steel structure of c4.2m bricks and its central chimney stands at 99m (325ft), apparently to ensure that it didn't top the dome of St Paul's; it replaced a coal-fired power station in 1952 and expanded in 1963 but, by 1981, oil prices had risen such that the power station was uneconomic compared to other forms of electricity generation. It stood unwanted until 1994, when the Tate Gallery realised its collection had outgrown its Millbank home and took an option on the site. It took until 2000 for the Thameside megalith to be converted, forming part of the Southbank regeneration which included the Globe Theatre, Vinopolis, the Clink ghoul-show and restaurants near the NT.
Most striking is the turbine room, which operates as a "covered street" (3,300 sq m - 35,520 sq ft) to show works of art -- often one enormous piece, which could not be accommodated elsewhere, fills the entire expanse. The whole museum (on 6 floors) has a total internal floor area of 34,500 sq m (371,350 sq ft) and numerous modern art exhibitions (some permanent and some travelling) which span paintings, cinema, interactive art, and sculpture to satisfy the most inventive and contemporary of tastes in art. (If your taste runs to the more traditional, also try the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square or the Tate Britain (as above -- both free).
Open Sun-Thurs: 10am-6pm; Fri-Sat: 10am-10pm (save 24-26 December). Admission free - donations encouraged. Obviously a nice route is along the South Bank on foot, but on a fine day, also try a boat trip -- the Tate to Tate runs every 40 minutes along the Thames between Tate Britain (Millbank -- see above), London Eye, and Tate Modern.
From journal Ambling around London pt 1 - southbank of the River Thames
July 1, 2003
Some very moving art work here is enhanced I feel by the curatorial decision to present works by theme rather than by chronology. Most moving for me were some of the pre-World War I artists who depicted a growing gloom and threat in their works. Many were unknown to me until I saw their work here. The work of George Grosz, in particular, arrested my attention.
The Gallery seems to be particularly strong in its sculpture collections. There’s Giacometti, whom I personally don’t like, but also Sir Jacob Epstein, Naum Gabo, and the incomparable Henry Moore, all of whom I do like very much indeed. One of my favorites is Patrick Heron’s gentle painting, "Azalea Garden May, 1956,"that captures the British love of gardens. There’s the strident and bold Mark Rothko with his "Red on Maroon,’ and "Light Red Over Black," both explorations in color synthesis. And Picasso’s "Weeping Woman," strikes my eye as an abstraction made viable to ordinary eyes.
This is a user-friendly place with the inclusion of an art library area with comfortable seating and spectacular views of the river, as well as a spiffy, modern café just off Turbine Hall where you can catch a bite to eat, though it is more formal than the eateries of other museums where you self-serve. Here, eager young people wait upon you and orders come swiftly. The spaciousness of this gallery, its highlighting of the scenic assets of its location, and its fostering of thematic comparisons between artists usually separated by time, won me over. I’d visit again, as the gallery adds and subtracts often enough to provide a different scene for repeat visitors and London’s free policies encourage returns.
From journal First Time London - Mostly Free
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
February 13, 2003
We only stayed here for about an hour, but since it was free, it was worth the time spent.
I didn't care that much for the art, although we breezed through the place.
From journal London, my favorite destination in the world
Santa Monica, California
January 25, 2003
The museum is very well laid out, but it's a good idea to get a free museum guide and make a plan. At that time the "Warhol" exhibit was there, and that was all I could take.
There's a quaint museum cafe at the top with gorgeous views of the Thames. Be prepared to wait even in off hours since the museum is very popular with tourists and locals alike. They have good food though and decent prices for London standards. A good way to end your trip in the museum or to re-engergize.
From journal London in Spring
Glen Ridge, New Jersey
August 27, 2002
From journal London and the West in 12 Days
July 29, 2002
Take the tube to either Southwark or Blackfriars and walk the rest of the way.
Tate Modern is housed in the former Bankside Power Station. The museum displays a collection of international modern art from 1900 to the present day, such as works by Dalí, Picasso, Matisse, and more contempoary artists like Dorothy Cross, Gilbert & George and Susan Hiller.
I have to admit that I found Modern Tate a bit disapointing - I think you need to be very interested in modern art to understand to qualities of the collection.
Of course the works of Dalí, Picasso and Matisse are nice but having seen these paintings before I had hoped to be pleasantly surpriced by the newer artists.
I found the buildning a bit boxy but still quite impressive. However I won't spend the time to see Modern Tate the next time I visit London, there are so many other great things to do.
From journal A romantic stay in London
July 27, 2002
From journal London During the Golden Jubilee Celebration