Rabu, 26 Mei 2010

Tate Modern

So Tate Modern is 10. Happy Birthday. One of my favourite London destinations; the trick is to get there late morning, take the lift to the 7th floor and start with lunch in the restaurant with fantastic views over the river and St. Pauls, then work your way down through the galleries and end up in the most comprehensive art bookshop in London.

Tate Modern in London is Britain's national museum of international modern art and is, with Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives, and Tate Online, part of the group now known simply as Tate.

The galleries are housed in the former Bankside Power Station, which was originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the architect of Battersea Power Station, and built in two stages between 1947 and 1963. The power station closed in 1981. The building was converted by architects Herzog & de Meuron and contractors Carillion, after which it stood at 99m tall.

2000: Louise Bourgeois Maman, I Do, I Undo, I Redo

The collections in Tate Modern consist of works of international modern and contemporary art dating from 1900 onwards. The Tate Collection is on display on levels three and five of the building, while level four houses large temporary exhibitions and a small exhibition space on level two houses work by contemporary artists.

2002-3: Anish Kapoor Marsyas

The Turbine Hall, which once housed the electricity generators of the old power station, is five storeys tall with 3,400 square metres of floorspace. It is used to display large specially-commissioned works by contemporary artists, between October and March each year in a series sponsored by Unilever. This series was planned to last the gallery's first five years, but the popularity of the series has led to its extension until at least 2012.

2003-4: Olafur Eliasson The Weather Project

2005-6: Rachel Whiteread EMBANKMENT

2006-7: Carsten Höller Test Site

2007-8: Doris Salcedo Shibboleth

2008-9: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster TH.2058

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