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Tate Modern (London)
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Tate Modern (London)
Advantages: Interactive exhibitions at Turbina Hall
Disadvantages: Controversial exhibitions at Turbine Hall (could be positive)
The Tate Modern is an art gallery that used to be a power station which exhibits modern art.
~~~LOCATION AND ACCESS~~~
The Tate Modern is situated opposite St Pauls Cathedral, across the Millennium Bridge, and is a short walk from Southward Underground station. Personally, I like taking the tube to Mansion House station and walking across the Millennium Bridge for excellent views.
The gallery has many entrances, with a large main entrance that leads into the Turbine Hall, as well as others dotted around the site.
The gallery is split into five floors, with a range of permanent exhibitions on display all year round: Material Gestures, Poetry and Dreams, Energy and Process and more.
The permanent exhibitions are extensive and have artwork ranging from Warhol to Monet. My favourite one has to be Poetry and Dreams as it has a range of Pop-art, surrealism and abstract structural works.
The Energy and Processes exhibition is also great, as you can see a range of different media used by artists who are very innovative and inspiring.
Temporary Exhibitions occupying the Turbine Hall have included work from Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson (I unfortunately missed his exhibition- would've been awesome), Doris' Crack as well as Balka's How it Is; the latter two causing real stirs in the media with regards to health and safety...
All in all, the gallery has a wide range of works which will definitely not appeal to everyone. People will criticise and say: "How is THAT art", but many times it is the meaning, the thoughts and the processes that have gone through the mind of the artist that is expressed.
However, the infrequency of exhibitions and the staticity of the permanent exhibitions mean that going frequently is not possible, as you've most likely have seen everything before. I go mostly for the exhibition at the Turbine Hall.
The gallery has a range of facilities, such as a large gift store (with overpriced novelty gifts, art books and other fun quirky things!) and a café. Escalators are slightly weird in that one of them skips two levels, so you will have to navigate effectively, but stairs run all the way down, and there are also lifts.
The Tate Modern offers an alternative gallery for those bored of the figurative pieces of the National Gallery, and the portraits at the National portrait gallery. Modern Art is found here, and will be inspiring for most, boring for some. You don't have to "get" everything to come here, just enjoy the range of media, processes, and the buzz from everyone else.
The exhibitions at the Turbine Hall are highly recommended, as they are mostly interactive; and the interaction between us and the art work, and each other are perhaps what is most interesting. All in all, the Tate Modern provides a interesting and insightful (if not fun) day out!
Summary: Not for everyone
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