on August 16, 2006
One of my favorite museums in London! The building is an old power station along the south bank of the river, easily spotted by the large smokestacks. The main entrance is through the old turbine hall. It's a spectacularly large room that has changing exhibitions designed specifically to fit the space.The Tate Modern houses a large collection of modern art from around the world. There is pop art by Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, surrealism by Picasso, impressionist paintings by Monet, and loads more sculptures, paintings, and exhibits from a wide variety of artists. It's spread over several different levels, and picking up a map on the way in is advisable!My favorite sculpture is the marble statue of The Kiss by Rodin. My favorite painting is one of Monet's canvases on waterlilies. (I sat in front of the painting so long that I had to be asked by a security guard to leave because the museum was closing!)Whatever concepts you have about art, what it is and what it isn't, will be challenged by the Tate Modern. Some of the other more "modern" art goes a bit over my head. The installation and concept pieces aren't really my cup of tea, but there are those that love them and there's always opportunity for discussion! (I heard a couple arguing over one of Rothko's paintings, each vigorously defending their point of view.)There is, of course, a gift shop where you can purchase prints or postcards of many of the exhibits as well as books and other souvenirs about modern art.Tate Modern is located on the south bank of the River Thames at Bankside, near Blackfriars Bridge, opposite St Paul's Cathedral and next to the Globe Theatre. Like all British museums, there is no entry cost, except for the special and temporary exhibitions that change seasonally. The cost for those is around £7, and it's cheaper if you have a student card.It's open until 6 Sunday to Thursday and until 10 on Friday and Saturday.
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