Tate Modern, London, England
Why visit the Tate Modern art gallery?
The Tate Modern is free to enter, houses an impressive series of spaces – particularly the vast Turbine Hall – and a fantastic location on the Thames Riverside, but is a bit short of must-see exhibits. Conceptual art rules and does little for me or other visitors judging by the speed with which they walk by wacky works.
The temporary exhibitions, however – for which you have to pay – can be excellent. We visited the Tate’s pay-to-enter Miró exhibition and were most impressed.
If you’re passing by on the South Bank – which you certainly should if you’re a tourist – then drop in and make up your own mind.
The Tate encompasses a huge and comfortable space with accessible though modest art forms, occasionally fascinating and frequently deranged.
The Blavatnik extension to the Tate Modern
The Blavatnik extension was paid for by a Russian billionaire called Blavatnik. Mere millionaires who bought glass-fronted apartments adjacent to the Tate are cursing his name because visitors can not only get a great free view over the Thames and City from the open north side but also get a close-up view of the fixtures and fittings of the very pricey apartments from the southwest side!
Ancient Ghardaia city, Algeria, rebuilt in cooked couscous by Kader Attia, Blavatnik building, Tate Modern.
A brilliant comment upon the current state of America by Ed Ruscha in the Blavatnik extension of the Tate.
There are excellent views over the Millennium Bridge and the Thames from the Tate Modern’s café but the best panoramic view including the City of London is from the top floor of the Blavatnik extension, and it’s free!
The Tate Modern turbine hall, seen from the bridge across to the Blavatnik extension. In the distance some visitors are constructing a fantasy city out of thousands of white Lego bricks.
Tate Modern Opening Hours: 10. 00 to 18. 00 daily, except 24-26 December.
London SE1 9TG
Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 8888
This huge gallery space is free apart from special exhibitions that are generally pay-to-enter (which is fair enough, something has to subsidise the free art).