"A huge sucess story? Tate Modern" Tate Modern Tip by TheLongTone
Tate Modern, London: 154 reviews and 243 photos
The makeover of the old Bankside power station into a building to house the old Tate Gallery's collections of non-British and modern art has certainly resulted in an achitectural tour-de-force, with the huge open space of the Turbine Hall (home to a series of often spectacular temporary installations) occupying much of the building's volume. It also offers spectacular views north over the Thames towards St Pauls. There are more than one places to get a coffee plus a restaurant and a huge bookshop. And of course some ART for the crowds the building has undoubtedly drawn in.
Tate Modern devotes 2 floors to exhibits from its vast (but in some areas limited) collection - about 10% is on show- and a third to housing temporary (paid entry, often timed-ticket entry) and I must say I think the acommodation, especially the hanging of paintings, often seems cramped. What's on display changes, so it would be futile to recommend any one exhibit, but there's generally interesting stuff up if you like that sort of thing. I have a degree in art history so have no opinion on the matter. Though I am glad to see that Roy Lichtenstein's Whaaam!! diptych has recently been put up after a long period in the store.
Address: Bankside, SE1
Directions: Southwark or Blackfriars tubes.
By foot over the Caro/Foster/Arup no-longer-wobbly footbridge from St Pauls.
Phone: 020 7887 8000
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