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INFO The Tate Modern is one of London’s most prestigious art galleries that features ground- breaking modern art from around the world. Located in bustling Central London, the Tate Modern sits on the southern end of London... ... read more

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Tate Modern  - Art Gallery in London.

The Tate Modern is one of London’s most prestigious art galleries that features ground- breaking modern art from around the world. Located in bustling Central London, the Tate Modern sits on the southern end of London’s famous Millennium Bridge. The Tate Modern opened in 2000 and now averages 4.7 million visitors every year, making it the most-visited modern art gallery in the world.

The Tate Modern consists of five levels and a vast variety of exhibition areas. Collections in the Tate Modern range from the early 1900s to the present day. The Tate Modern organizes work into artistic themes (rather than chronologically) such as Poetry and Dream, Energy and Process, and Structure and Clarity. Level one is called The Turbine Hall, and it is used to display larger, specially-commissioned contemporary exhibitions.

Temporary exhibitions at the Tate Modern typically run for three or four months. Recent exhibitions at the Tate Modern have included notable artists such as Damien Hirst and Edvard Munch.

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Making Sense of Modern Art
Meagan M. Jun 6, 2013
Frankly, I've never been able to understand modern art. After visiting the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, I was shocked when I stepped foot in Tate Modern during a short visit to London. The building itself is stunning - far from what you'd expect for a typical museum - and immediately captured my interest. However, when my friend and I stepped into an exhibit and I saw two dead birds pinned to the blank white wall with arrows, I was skeptical. We continued walking through and at first glance, I wasn't impressed. If you're like me, however, you need to give it a shot. After reading through the descriptions next to each piece of artwork, I began to see the appeal. Look for just a bit longer. Try to see what the artist is trying to demonstrate. Reflect on the emotions that each piece evokes. If you still can't make sense of it (and trust me, I understand that feeling), don't worry - sometimes, it's enough to just soak it all in.
Lichtenstein: A Retrospective. From novices to connoisseurs, this art exhibit is a must-see.
Louise Q. Apr 27, 2013
What's it all about: Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) was one of the leading figures of the 1960s Pop Art movement. He’s most famous for his bright, bold comic strip inspired pieces depicting dramatic scenes of war and romance – large explosions, aircrafts gunning each other down, women looking forlorn, declaring their love, and crying while almost drowning. What makes this exhibition particularly special is its size. From public and private collections world-wide, more than 125 of the Pop artist’s paintings and sculptures have been brought together for this exhibition. Not only does this give visitors a great insight into how his work and artistic influences changed over time, but it also allows you to see some of his later lesser known - but no less impressive - pieces such as the huge female nudes and beautiful Chinese landscapes. Seeing his paintings up close like this you realise that, alongside his use of vibrant, solid colours, are thousands of precisely hand-painted Benday dots which manage to add shadow, texture and depth to the paintings in a really clever way, (but be careful, staring for too long may bring on a headache). Verdict: From art novices who can’t tell their ‘surrealism’ from their ‘abstract expressionism’ to life-long Lichtenstein fans, this vibrant and fascinating exhibition makes worthwhile viewing for everyone.
If you didn't know anything about art before you will now...
cybil s. Apr 7, 2013
Housed in an refurbished factory, the Tate Modern is the best museum in England for modern art, if not the world. With frequently changing exhibitions there's always something to go and see. The admission prices are free for the main galleries, but for special exhibitions they can range from 8-15 pounds. You can buy a ticket to see two of the special exhibitions for a discounted rate, and if that's something you're into, I would recommend it. If you're an art lover, there's no way you can miss going here. You can also take a stroll on the millennium bridge near the front entrance for a view of the Thames river.
The Very Best Modern Art Museum
Giuseppe C. Feb 28, 2013
As an art lover, I love the Tate Modern. This museum -- which is a work of art in and of itself, in every way -- is probably the most important modern art museum on the planet. Lovers of Cubism, Dadaism, Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism or just about any other modern art movement, will all find something nothing short of priceless to admire at the Tate. The collection here is breathtaking in the most literal sense of the word; that is, it takes one’s breath away to behold the scope of art contained within the stark white walls of the Tate. I recall my first visit there, when I was young and just discovering my passion for modern art. Initially skeptical of the power of squiggly lines and superficially poorly painted portraits, the Tate turned me not only into a believer, but into a passionate aficionado and advocate for unorthodox art. To see the works of Yves Tanguy, Giorgio de Chirico and Salvador Dali all in the same room was a life changing experience for me. To see the paintings of Pollock and Krasner and Rothko all together was the closest thing to a spiritual experience that I have ever had. Another great thing about the Tate -- its location. It’s actually hard to miss this place on even the most conventional guidebook tours of London, set up as it is across the Thames from the magnificent dome of St Paul’s, accessible via the (still) amazing Millennium Bridge. Even if your visit to London is all about pubs and clubs rather than theaters and museums, I would still advise you to stop in (for free!) and take a look around. One visit to the Tate and you’ll be a lover of the abstract yet!
Injury sustained due to art
Craig B. Dec 11, 2012
I thought the Tate Britain was pretty cool, but I tend to find that modern art institutions are hit or miss, so I was a little wary of the Tate Modern, but it absolutely lived up to its reputation as one of the best modern art museums in the world. My favorite exhibition, "How It Is" by Polish artist Miroslaw Balka, was covered pretty heavily even in the free daily papers that you can pick up as you enter or exit the tube. It was essentially a pitch black box built with light-absorbing materials, which is itself a feat of engineering, but perhaps the reason it got press coverage in the rags, famous for their page three spreads of naked women, was that there was an injury and some bloody before the first day of the exhibition was even over. The Tate Modern is fun, interesting, and cutting edge, but more importantly, it's pretty accessible for non-modern art people.
modern art for non-modern art fans
Tara R. Dec 7, 2012
The Tate Modern is a must that's hard to miss. It's a converted factory with a huge tower, and had some bad press recently when someone jumped/fell from the Member's Gallery. It’s a London institution, part of the many free museums peppered around the city, and even for someone who is not a modern art fan, it makes an interesting day at the museum, even if you're only wondering if there's a meaning behind a Pollock painting. The Edvard Munch exhibit was amazing and worth the entry fee, and you can still get your fix of the Nordic Artist in Trafalgar Square—there’s currently a Munch exhibit put up by the Norwegian ambassador.
A Refreshing Dip into the Modern Art World
Megan B. Dec 5, 2012
If you are in to the modern art scene or just want an afternoon with a different pace, Tate Modern is the place to be! It is free to all visitors (donations recommended) with a few select exhibits only allowed access with paid entry. One can easily get lost for an entire afternoon in the immensity of its art collection. Not only is the art phenomenal and diverse but the venue itself is quite expansive so I would recommend at least a few hours to take your time and explore. It also offers restaurants, cafes and a number of gift shops for a quick bite, a little relaxation and a chance to bring home some memorabilia. Look in the brochure or website at the ongoing and upcoming events as there may be special performances or exhibits that you don't want to miss. Art classes and workshops are even offered on given days so if one is planning an extended stay in London this could also be a great option. All in all, Tate Modern is a great facet to the world of modern art and it is a "must see" when visiting London.
The Louvre For Modern Art
Ben S. Oct 4, 2012
Modern art just doesn't get better than this. Despite the hordes of culture-seekers who are inevitably there, the Tate finds a way to provide the perfect backdrop for some of the most important and thought provoking works of the modern era. It's big, so set aside a big block of time, or allow for multiple visits. But don't think you have to have strictly avant garde tastes to enjoy this museum. The Tate's collection is as playful as it is challenging. If you're looking for an art experience that feels alive and vital, look no further.
Favorite Museum in London
Madeline R. Aug 3, 2012
The museums in London are free so I encourage visitors to go to as many as possible. However the world-renowned Tate Modern is not to be missed! This modern art museum features work by Picasso, Matisse, Pollock and Mirò. If you have the afternoon to explore the city consider taking the discounted boat trip from the Tate Modern to the Tate Britain. The Tate Boat runs every 40 minutes during gallery opening times and it’s a great way to see the city from a different vantage point. Also make sure to the check out the museum’s special exhibit that costs an extra fee but is often worth it. On the top floor is a bar where they serve great mulled wine for 3.5 quid. It has the best view in town (Bankside area of Central London) and is a classy way to start the night.
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