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Tate Britain in general (London)
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Tate Britain in general (London)
Date: 28/08/09, updated on 28/08/09 (20 review reads)
Advantages: Some beautiful pieces of art
Disadvantages: Too much focus on Turner
My husband and I visited the Tate Britain yesterday, and I was rather excited as this was my first visit to the museum. The Tate Britain is a beautiful building which houses a collection of British art dating from 1500.
Entrance is free (but donations are welcome) and the museum is easy to get to. The closest tube station is Pimlico. We used the C10 bus which runs from Victoria and stops very close to the museum.
I was surprised to find that the museum is not particularly large and you can easily get through the whole museum in an hour or two. I was also surprised to discover that a large part of the museum is devoted solely to the work of Turner (10 rooms), surely there should be a more even spread of artists as I am sure that there are plenty of British artists not represented at all in the museum (one that springs to mind is Lowry).
I am not a fan of contemporary art so I was very happy to wander through the Historic British art galleries consists of art dating from 1500 to 1900. My favourites are Constable and the Pre-Raphaelites and I saw some wonderful pieces to admire (and wish I could take home with me).
Currently there is one paid exhibition in the Tate Britain called 'Richard Long: Heaven and Earth'. I did not visit this exhibition but noticed the entrance fee was £9.80 per adult.
In one of the gallery rooms were 2 art trolleys filled with art and craft materials for children to select and create their own works of art.
The museum is divided into the following sections:
Historic British Art
Modern British Art
Contemporary British Art
Richard Long: Heaven and Earth
The museum changes the displays regularly so that visitors can see a variety of different pieces each time they visit. It would be impossible to list every artist whose works are displayed in the museum, but should you be looking for a specific artist the Tate Museums have a website keeping you up to date on which works are currently on display, www.tate.org.uk.
If you have the time it is a nice idea is to take the Tate Boat which runs between the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern.
Summary: A pleasant museum to visit if you have an hour or two to spare
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