Established in 2000 on the site of a defunct power plant, the Tate Modern showcases a mind boggling array of international modern art, and a beloved programme of exhibitions regarding key artists and artistic movements over the last two centuries. The Tate Modern strives to expand visitors’ comprehension of what art is, or could be.
The museum’s minimal yet vast Turbine Hall provides an ideal space for entering and exiting exhibits; the open foyer facilitating free thought as you experience art at its most imaginative. The hall has also been home to such innovative installations as Olafur Eliasson’s ‘The Weather Project’, which placed a radiant sun at the height of the hall, transforming the space into a bright, open and saturated skyscape; or Carsten Höller’s network of tubular and spiraling slides, which visitors were encouraged to use. The Tate’s seven floors take visitors through a time-line of modern events, contextualising the work within the various gallery rooms. The permanent collections show renowned artists from Avedon to Zelenski, and are open to visitors for free perusal.
The Tate Modern is also a great place to spend the day flipping through art books while reclining on the leather sofas overlooking the Thames. No matter what exhibition you arrive for, you can be sure to witness inspiring creativity that’s spawned great social reverberations.
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