on February 15, 2010
The Tate Modern is definitely an art gallery you want to check out at least once in your life time. The building is quite spectacular in itself and the pieces of art inside are really interesting. The other good thing about the Tate Modern is it is free to enter (unless you go to the temporary exhibitions) and is very easy to get to and also is designed in a way that is wheelchair friendly.The Tate Modern is housed in the Bankside Power Station and you can get to it either through the nearby tube stations, the bus routes or a nice walk along the River Thames. This gallery is open nearly every day of the year and is open from the times 10am-6pm Sunday – Thursday and 10am-10pm Friday and Saturday. You can also get the Boat called Tate2Tate which takes you to both the Tate art galleries in London. The Tate Modern is also designed to be easy to access and has lifts for everyone to use but is especially useful for disabled people. There are also staircases and escalators to get round the building.My favourite part was probably the Turbine Hall which features one massive work of modern art. These pieces of modern art change quite regularly and are free to see. When I went recently there was a massive black box which you walk into in the dark (where you can barely see) and walk along worriedly trying not to bash into anyone else and work out where the end is! There have also been things like giant slides installed here and a crack in the floor! The gallery has different sections with different types of art such as cubism, pop art, surrealism and futurism among others. You will see many famous pieces and other not so famous ones. For example there are some Picasso, Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein and Salvador Dali but there are also many works of art but people you don`t know or recognise. You can also get an audio guide for £2 which tells you about the art etc. This makes the gallery interesting and it is nice seeing familiar pieces of art and artists but also finding out about some other cool new ones. I think I do like the Picasso and Salvador Dali pieces of art best but the art in this gallery is quite controversial and I think everyone will have an opinion on nearly every piece of art in this gallery. There are a few occasions and you do think is this really art? For example there was a piece of art which was an old caravan thing or you might see a painting which a two year old could have drawn but I think that is part of the fun of modern art. I like the fact the media used is very varied so it is not just paintings but sculptures, photographs, videos and paintings created by scraping bits of wood along the canvas e.t.c. I personally quite liked a series of pictures showing a man gradually disappearing down a hole, some of the strange Pop Art, some of the famous paintings, the temporary exhibition in the Turbine Hall and much more. As you can see there is a lot of variation which keeps things interesting.There is a cafe/restaurant at the top floor which provides a nice view over London but the prices there are quite high so I have not had any food there. However the food is meant to be quite nice there and the view is great. Also the money you spend goes towards the gallery and the artwork so it is a pretty good cause. You can also become a member for £50 each year which gives you free entry to all the exhibitions, access to a member`s room, special offers, a magazine and much more.The official website is at http://www.tate.org.uk/modern and contains information and you can see the types of art at the gallery and much much more. I really would recommend the Tate Modern as it is a very good attraction which is bound to keep you interested whether just the building, seeing all the famous art, looking at the Temporary exhibitions, going in the cafe and looking over London or just sniggering at modern art! It is also very easy to access and a good day out for anyone. I think everyone should visit at least once just to see what it is all about and I rate the Tate Modern very highly.Definitely worth visiting at least once!
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