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Warning - Rothco Exhibition at the Tate Modern
Tate Modern (London)
Member Name: maria14
Tate Modern (London)
Advantages: Tate Modern is always worth a visit and the Rothco exhibition is extensive
Disadvantages: Do not buy tickets for the Rothco on weekends and holidays - far too crowded to enjoy the art
This review is a warning to anyone considering visiting the Mark Rothco exhibition currently at the Tate Modern.
For anyone in the capital, a visit to Tate Modern will be well worth it. It takes you into a fantastic part of the city. The Millenium Bridge is a tremendous structure with wonderful views of the city. It is free to get into Tate Modern and view most of the exhibitions. The Surrealist Gallery is superb. Plus the coffee is reasonably priced, though a bit weak.
Unfortunately, at our last visit, we queued to pay the 12pound 50p per person (though children were free) to see the Mark Rothco exhibition. Many children are studying this artist at school. Even more that most artists, his work needs to be contemplated. It is very large in scale, and appears initially to be simplistic.
Unfortunately, despite entry and viewing times being regulated by EXPENSIVE tickets, the Rothco gallery was absolutely packed. It was impossible to look at a piece of work without being jostled or people walking in front of you. They weren't being rude. It was just that the gallery was overcrowded. The Tate had sold too many tickets to permit appropriate viewing conditions.
My husband spoke to the ticket sellers, who agreed to provide complimentary tickets for another viewing, but said it was not their policy to provide a refund. It is unlikely we will be back in London in time to use the tickets, so we have given them to friends. I am sure if they use them, they will enjoy the exhibition, provided they go on a quiet day.
And that is the message of my view - if you like Rothco, this is an excelllent exhibition and anyway, Tate Modern is well worth a visit. But ensure for yourself that you go on a quiet day, otherwise it is a complete waste of money.
Summary: At 12-50 per ticket, they should provide better viewing conditions