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Tate Modern (London, UK)





Tate Modern is a London art gallery that houses the many works of modern and contemporary artists of Great Britain and the rest of the world. It is one of the most popular art galleries in the world, attracting almost 5 million visitors each year. Britain’s national collections of the arts from the 1900s to the present day are kept in this museum.

Tate Modern facade

Location

The Tate Modern museum is located on Bankside in the London Borough of Southwark. It uses the building where the Bankside Power Station used to be. Unless there’s a special exhibition in its premises, the admission to the art galleries of Tate Modern is free. The museum opens from 10am to 6pm from Sunday to Thursday and 10am to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

History

most notable of which is the Turner Bequest. To hold the new pieces, more art galleries have to be built. The Millbank building has seen seven major renovations from the time it opened.

By 1917, the museum became the official keeper of the national collection of British arts. In 1932, the museum formally changed its name to Tate Gallery. Not too long after, the museum further exp

Tate Modern is the home of the many modern artists of Britain. It opened to the public in 1897, starting out with a fairly small collection of British paintings. Right now, it has over 70,000 pieces under its custody. The conception of the museum, which delighted contemporary artists back then, began when British industrialist Henry Tate donated his art collection to the nation. At that time, the National Gallery has no space for it. That’s when idea of opening up new art galleries was considered.

The chosen location for the Henry Tate collection was the site of the former Millbank Penitentiary. Reconstructed to become a museum, it opened in 1897 showcasing over 245 artworks. The pieces on display dated from 1790, all the way to the present works of British modern artists. The museum was initially called the National Gallery of British Art. The influx of art donations to the museum further increased, the anded into four art galleries such as the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, and Tate St Ives.

Main Exhibitions

The main exhibitions at the Tate Modern museum are categorized as ‘Poetry and Dream’, a room dedicated to Surrealism; ‘Structure and Clarity’, one of the art galleries dedicated to abstract art collections; ‘Transformed Visions’, which is another spot for contemporary artists focusing on Abstract Impressionism; ‘Energy and Process’, where modern artists exhibit their reverence to Arte Povera; and ‘Setting the Scene’, where installations of fictional or theatrical themes were displayed.

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Main Artists

Tate Modern served as the home of Britain’s modern and contemporary artists then and now. Its ever-expanding collection includes the works of major British artists such as Sir John Everett Millais, John William Waterhouse, Joseph Mallord William Turner, and Francis Bacon, among others. However, the museum also features the works of modern artists from different nations such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, and Marcel Duchamp.

Seated Figure 1961 by Francis Bacon 1909-1992

Main Artworks

The major paintings by the famous contemporary artists displayed at the Tate Modern museum arePablo Picasso’s ‘Figure dans un Fauteuil’, Francis Bacon’s ‘Seated Figure’, Henri Matisse’s, and J.M.W. Turner’s ‘Snow Storm’, among others.

Reclining Nude II 1927 by Henri Matisse 1869-1954

Pablo Picasso Figure dans un Fauteuil











Related links:

http://www.tate.org.uk/about/who-we-are/history-of-tate

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tate_Modern#Current_collection_exhibitions