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Tate Modern (London)
Member Name: pigdog
Tate Modern (London)
Date: 12/02/01, updated on 12/02/01 (11 review reads)
Advantages: lots to see
Disadvantages: have to pay for exhibitions, boring
I have now visited the Tate Modern twice, and both times found an unnerving urge to go to sleep within an hour. But why is this?
The building itself is vast and somehow lifeless, with not much colour or abstract quality that one would normally associate with Modern Art. Although pleased to see a family presence, the gallery seemed to be overrun with serious-looking arty types, staring at nothing for far too long.
There are 5 main floors to visit, although you won't get round them all in one go. I think this is the problem for me - there are some astounding works of art, but the layout of the building means that you are swamped with the stuff, and you end up completely overlooking a stunning Picasso.
I like galleries partly because they are free, and so much art lends itself to highbrow culture with inaccessible prices.
However, the best bits of the Tate Modern are probably those I didn't see - those with an admission fee.
All in all, I envisaged this gallery to be a real pioneering step forward for Britain, but instead I only found comfort in the soft leather chairs.
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