The Tate collection is known for being extensive both in size and variety. While it started out as a modest collection in one building, over the years it became clear that more room was needed to house the rapidly growing collection of art. In 2000, Tate Modern was established in a former power station in the center of London to meet these needs, and it has become a vital tourist attraction in the United Kingdom. The most recently established of the four Tate galleries features international modern art, which includes all works after 1900.
A Contemporary Collection
Part of what makes Tate Modern distinct from Tate Britain and the other Tate museums is that it exclusively features works created after 1900. Also, it by definition features works that are of an international, as opposed to national, importance. While this means that the museum, which is located in London, displays celebrated art from all over the world, it by no means excludes British artwork from the museum.
Certain contemporary British pieces that have been deemed critical to the development of modern art can be found in Tate Modern, as well as in Tate Britain.
The artistic styles featured in Tate Modern are truly diverse, though all are considered contemporary. Some of the movements included in the museum are Surrealism, Fauvism, American Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalist, and Conceptual. The exhibits feature world famous artists from all of these movements, including Picasso, Matisse, Ernst, Miro, Dali, Magritte, Rothko, Pollock, Naum Gabo, Lichtenstein, Giacometti, and Warhol. Modern art from as recent as the 1980s and 1990s is also on display.
The displays at Tate Modern are located within four wings, which are located on the third and fifth levels of the museum. At the center of each wing is a central display revolving around a key theme within twentieth century art, and the surrounding exhibits build off of these themes.
Modern, Inside And Out
Tate Modern is not only contemporary in content, but the building is also very chic and up-to-date. Because the museum was only established in 2000, many of the building’s features are either refurbished or brand new, especially when compared to those of the Millbank location.
Upon discovering the Bankside Power Station, which had long been abandoned, an international competition was held to find the perfect architect for the space. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron of Switzerland were finally selected to carry out the project. Some of the building’s most notable features include an auditorium that can seat 240 people, nine passenger lifts, and six escalators.
Appealing To The Masses
Tate Modern offers much to the eager visitor. In addition to tours of the exhibits, an endless amount of workshops, lectures, seminars, and performances are available either for free or upon payment. Guided tours are offered, both for families and school groups. A special learning center provides a designated area for school groups to further explore the world of modern art.
Located in the museum are three souvenir shops. Tate Modern Restaurant and Café 2 are open throughout the day and provide meal options for just about everyone; for example, Tate Modern Restaurant features an extensive wine list while Café 2 is known for its children’s menu. An Espresso Bar serves as another alternative for those who just want a quick meal before continuing their tour.
Trendy For A Change
Though Tate Modern has only been open for a short period of time, it has already become a popular tourist attraction. It serves as a breath of fresh air for those who have already explored the other Tate museums. For those who have never been to a Tate Museum before, Tate Modern is a unique introduction into the world of fine art.