There are many ways to explore history—reading a textbook, watching a history special on the television, or visiting historical monuments are just a few. It is also possible to explore the various stages of history through the art of that time, and there is no better place to do this than Tate Britain. A visit to Tate Britain can provide visitors with a complete history of the country through art from the year 1500 to the present day. The many visitors that flock Tate Britain daily indicate the art museum’s success at accomplishing their goal, which is to provide the means for people to understand, enjoy, and appreciate British art.
An Original Wonder
Originally, Tate Britain was opened in 1897 at Millbank as the National Gallery of British Art. In 1917, the museum expanded its content to include international art as well. Over the years, the art collection outgrew the original location, and two regional locations were added at St. Ives and Liverpool. Finally, it was when Tate Modern was built in London in 2000 that the museum’s original Millbank location was able to revert back to a museum purely for British art.
An Assemblage Of Amazing Artists
The collection displayed at Tate Britain has been declared to be perhaps the greatest collection of British art in the world. To hear it called so comes as no surprise once one learns of the large amount of talent featured in the exhibits.
The art of William Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, George Stubbs, Stanley Spencer, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, and Francis Bacon are just a few of the highlights found at the museum. It is clear that the talent displayed within the exhibits is not only extensive in sheer size, but in variety as well.
The displays of the art museum are arranged in a chronological fashion. They are changed on an annual basis in order to showcase the full collection, though six of the galleries at the museum remain permanently on display. Each room within the display features a distinct theme or artist. To aid visitors with interpretation of the art, texts and captions can be found in every exhibit. Multimedia guides accompany select displays.
A few of the most notable artists featured in the museum are Blake, Turner, and Constable. Specifically, Tate Britain features an extremely unique collection of Turner’s watercolors and paintings, numbering well over 300 pieces. This collection is housed in the Clore Gallery.
Tate Britain fosters appreciation for British art through several means. Besides the art galleries, which can also be viewed online, the museum offers education programs and public events. Talks, lectures, seminars, films, and workshops are offered in an effort to further educate children and adults alike about the art featured at Tate Britain.
Tours can be booked for individuals touring the museum and for large groups as well. They can be booked through telephone or email. Some visitors wish to lecture their own tour group. If so, professional guide equipment can be rented for this purpose. This includes a mouth piece for the lecturer and ear pieces for each member of the group. Professional tour guides are also available.
If you plan to eat during your visit, you have several options. Located within the museum are the Rex Whistler Restaurant and the Tate Britain Café. They remain open during visiting hours, and each features an extensive menu, including a wine list.
History Through Pictures
The artwork at Tate Britain represents the diverse artistic history of the country, and it is this that attracts visitors from all over the United Kingdom. Yet, it is the appreciation for British art that the museum seeks to instill that attracts visitors from all over the world.