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Tate Modern

Visit Britain’s most prestigious art gallery, housed in an abandoned power station on the banks of the River Thames.

From impressionism to surrealism, this enormous art gallery houses some of the world’s finest art, including works by Matisse, Dali and Picasso. The Tate Modern has exhibits ranging from the latest in modern contemporary art to work from former artistic masters.

Redesigned by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron in 2000, this former power station on the banks of the River Thames is a maze of authentic artistic talent, bursting with modernity and character. Crossing the threshold of this gigantic building, visitors arrive at the Turbine hall, a vast space exhibiting huge works of art that are designed to surprise.

Wander through the building’s four wings, housing some of the 20th Century’s greatest masterpieces. The recently completed glass tower is a must-see for art lovers and photography enthusiasts. Specifically reserved for video and graphic art, this exhibition provides a stunning display of modern photography and graphic design. Check the constantly changing programme for The Tanks on the O level. These huge oil storage tanks showcase performance art and other events.

Attracting a diverse crowd from all over the world, the Tate Modern is visited by around 4 million people each year. The gallery’s sometimes controversial exhibits are popular with all age groups, even those who do not consider themselves fans of contemporary art.

The Tate Modern gallery understands that Modern art can be challenging in terms of interpretation, and therefore offers a 45-minute guided tour to give a better understanding and appreciation of the vast collection. If there any pieces that really appeal, jot down the details and buy a postcard depicting the piece from one of the the 3 gallery shops.

After a long day perusing these interesting collections, head down to the riverside café for a coffee or grab a bite to eat at the restaurant on level 6, which also offers views of the London cityscape.

Centrally located, the Tate Modern is easily accessible by underground, (the closest station being Southwark) and is within close proximity of other major attractions. Admission is free except for special exhibitions. For those seeking an extra dose of artistic discovery, hop aboard the Tate to Tate boat for an upriver cruise to the sister gallery Tate Britain.


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