LONDON | Tate Modern is one of the largest museums of contemporary and modern art in the world, and holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art. It’s located in the former Bankside Power Station, and is worth visiting for the building alone, which is an important example of brutalist industrial architecture. The power station was built in two stages between 1947 and 1963 and closed in 1981. It lay dormant and under threat of demolition until 1995, when redevelopment of the station into Tate Modern began. The museum opened in 2000, and today is the 6th most visited art museum in the world.
In 2106 extensive expansions to the museum opened, including, amongst other things, the “Switch House”, which features art from 1960 to the present day, and two spaces permanently dedicated to live art.
The majority of the space is filled with the museum’s permanent collection and is free to view, while special exhibitions attract a fee. The Turbine Hall, one of the standout features of the museum, features and annually rotating, often interactive, exhibition. Exhibitions and galleries are organised by themes – for example Artist and Society, Media Networks, Living Cities, and In The Studio.
For historical and contemporary British art, make sure you pay a visit to Tate Britain.
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