Tate Modern Gallery Southwark

Tate Modern Gallery Southwark

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Tate Modern is an art gallery located in London. It houses the United Kingdom's national collection of international modern and contemporary art, and forms part of the Tate group together with Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. It was founded on 12 May 2000.

Tate Modern is the jewel in the crown of modern art galleries in London, located in a former Bankside Power Station.  The building has a signature central chimney standing 99m tall. The building was converted and opened to the public in 2000.  It holds the nation’s collection of modern art from 1900 to the present day.  It is in the top ten most visited museums and galleries in the world. The collection holds masterpieces of international and British modern art. From Picasso’s “The Three Dancers”, to Dali’s “Autumnal Cannibalism”, to Rothko’s “The Seagram Murals”, to Duchamp’s “Fountain”, to Parreno’s “Anywhen”, Tate Modern is a one-stop shop for modern art lovers.

Attractions at The Tate Modern Gallery

  • The Turbine Hall: The first space to greet you is the astounding 3300-sq-meter Turbine Hall. Originally housing the former power station’s huge electricity generators, this vast area has become the commanding venue for large-scale installations and temporary exhibitions.  Since its opening in 2000, over 60 million visitors have experienced large-scale artworks in the awe-inspiring space of the Turbine Hall. A time capsule has been buried in the Turbine Hall.
  • Boiler House: The original gallery lies inside what was once the boiler house for the power station, now called the Natalie Bell Building.
  • Permanent collection: More than 60,000 works in the permanent collection are on constant rotation, and the curators have at their disposal paintings by Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, and Jackson Pollock. Installations have included works by Joseph Beuys, Magdalena Abakanowicz, and Ai Weiwei, along with films by Rebecca Horn and photography by Zanele Muholi. The collection is arranged by both theme and chronology.
  • Architecture: The Natalie Bell Building, made of 4.2 million bricks, is an imposing sight, and was designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron. Significant achievements include leaving the building's central 99m-high chimney, adding a two-story glass box onto the roof, and turning the cavernous Turbine Hall into a dramatic exhibition space. Herzog and de Meuron also designed the new 10-story Blavatnik Building extension.
  • Viewpoints: Don’t miss the sublime city views from the Viewing Level of the Blavatnik Building and the view of the River Thames and St Paul's Cathedral from the Natalie Bell Building. Head to the bridge connecting the two buildings to get a lofty view of Turbine Hall.
  • Family activities: The gallery has a huge option for visiting families which will allow them to explore and enjoy their time spent here.

Strike a pose: Get your child to secretly choose artwork with a person in it. Once they have looked carefully at the pose, find a space in the room, and encourage them to try to recreate the pose. The rest of the group can then try and spot the artwork the pose came from.

Give us a clue: Encourage your child to find a portrait in the gallery that reminds them of someone in your group; someone famous; someone you all know (perhaps a neighbour or a friend). With the help of clues, the rest of the group can guess the chosen person.

See it from their perspective: Get down to your child’s height and see what they see. The change in eye level might make you think and feel differently.

Espresso Bar at Tate Modern

Located in the Natalie Bell Building, Tate Modern's Espresso Bar offers a selection of hot and cold drinks Tate Coffee and Jing tea. Sandwiches, salads, and snacks are also available.

Gift shop

Indulge in a wide range of gifts and souvenirs like coffee mugs, books, jewellery, and accessories. Take home memories to cherish.

Visiting Tate Modern to view some of the world’s best contemporary art, to enjoy viewing from the top of the Switch House, or just to buy at the bookshop is one of the great experiences to be had in London.