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Tate Modern (London)
Member Name: LDWilkinson
Tate Modern (London)
Date: 14/03/01, updated on 14/03/01 (28 review reads)
Advantages: Exhibits pieces in no chronolgical order, so there is plenty of comparing over time to be done!
Disadvantages: Overlooks the farce that is the Millenium Foot Bridge!
I hate the London Underground. If I'm not terrified of the confined, dark, sweaty space, I'm frightened of a crash. If I'm not frightened of crashing, I'm scared silly that the wallet in my right pocket is now missing. And if I'm not scared of that, I'm petrified of a bomb-scare. Suffice to say, the 'tube' is not my favourite mode of transport. However, I'm more than happy to hop inbetween the lethal bleeping doors of these awful trains if my destination is the Tate Modern, which stands opposite St. Pauls, just over the Thames. Despite the fact that the gallery looks as if it should lift off into space any second, anyone who is within a ten miles of it should definately make a beeline to it. This is Britain's best gallery yet. A disused power station, the Tate Modern houses in it's vast belly a host of 20th/21st Century works of genius from such artists as Dali, Warhol, Picasso, Rothko and Pollock. What more can you ask from a day than to be one moment stood gasping at De Chirico's 'Uncertainty of the Poet' only to walk, the next moment towards the Giacommeti sculptures? Well, I can answer that. Along with all these modern masterpieces, you can revel in what is an extrordinary building. I asked my friend, as we zoomed up one of the escalators towards the sixth floor, what is better, to look at the art or the building? Infact, that is the only downside. You get so hung up on looking at the architecture of the Tate Modern that you can miss some of the art exhibits. At one moment, during my five hour walk around the gallery, I turned from a Warhol to be met with a view of St Paul's Cathedral, the Thames and the new millenium foot bridge, all framed in a giant window. And, despite the fact the foot bridge looks like something from the set of Alien and was swinging like it belonged to an Indiana Jones film, I gaped and thought to myself, this is what I live for. If you are an art lover and haven't been to th
e Tate Modern, then your status is but an oxymoron. What is incredible is, you leave the building wondering why on earth you didn't have to pay for such an experience. Free entry, free art, free your mind. And, should you want more, the Cappucino in the gallery cafe is delectable.
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