Tate Modern, London

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    The Tate Modern Museum

    by Marpessa Updated Jan 19, 2008

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    I have now been to the Tate Modern Museum twice. The first time was in 2004 and I went specifically to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit and did not see any other party of the museum. For the special exibits like the Kahlo one, I felt that it was very well set out and presented, leaving plenty of room between the artworks, so that people didn't have to crowd around together. There was also plenty of information detailing about the paintings and the life of Kahlo.

    In 2007 I went again, but this time just viewed the main galleries. I wish I had been able to take some photos as there were some very good exhibits. Unfortunately as most of the exhibits will change it's hard to write a tip about the different rooms. However I will say that each section of the museum was very well set out, showing a mixture of paintings, sculptures, video artworks, drawings/sketches and much more. I liked the feel of the museum, it didn't feel overcrowded, there were plenty of spots to sit and look at artwork... or maybe just to rest :). There is also the option of paying for an audio guide as you wander around the museum.

    All main galleries are free, whereas special exhibits cost a fee to view them (to see Kahlo's work cost GBP 10). There are donation bins to help contribute to keeping the museum in its great condition.

    There is also a good gift shop to buy souvenir's from (although a bit over-priced like most gift shops).

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    Tate Modern

    by Jim_edmonds177 Written Dec 20, 2007

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    Yet another awsome gallery, this is however very huge and I gotta say Woaaa Nelly!! That was probably the best use of "Woaaa Nelly" ever! You can spend hours and hours here and you'll still need more time, we decided to divide it up into two days because boy it'll take up your whole day and you really wanna do other things just as me and Dennis did so we made the plan out so that we can do a little bit of each and see the Tate Modern in more than one session. The lovely art is collected from all around the world, world beauties like no other and it gives you a feeling of excitement, which is the reason I think we never wanted to leave the gallery. Best of all is that there was no charge, however there are fees for activities that are not there at all times, however on a regular basis no charge will be there, so get on and enjoy cause this Tate Modern is a place you gotta put on your list!!

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    A huge sucess story? Tate Modern

    by TheLongTone Updated Oct 20, 2007

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    The makeover of the old Bankside power station into a building to house the old Tate Gallery's collections of non-British and modern art has certainly resulted in an achitectural tour-de-force, with the huge open space of the Turbine Hall (home to a series of often spectacular temporary installations) occupying much of the building's volume. It also offers spectacular views north over the Thames towards St Pauls. There are more than one places to get a coffee plus a restaurant and a huge bookshop. And of course some ART for the crowds the building has undoubtedly drawn in.

    Tate Modern devotes 2 floors to exhibits from its vast (but in some areas limited) collection - about 10% is on show- and a third to housing temporary (paid entry, often timed-ticket entry) and I must say I think the acommodation, especially the hanging of paintings, often seems cramped. What's on display changes, so it would be futile to recommend any one exhibit, but there's generally interesting stuff up if you like that sort of thing. I have a degree in art history so have no opinion on the matter. Though I am glad to see that Roy Lichtenstein's Whaaam!! diptych has recently been put up after a long period in the store.

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    Tate Modern-Spider exhibit.

    by diosh Written Oct 4, 2007

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    'Maman'-the Spider.
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    The sculpture is made by Louise Bourgeois,aged 95. It first was shown at the opening of Tate

    Modern in 2000, in the Turbine Hall. This return visit has 'her' outside the building against the

    backdrop of St.Paul's, The Gherkin, The Post Office Tower.To the right- looking from the

    Millennium bridge-a view of Tower Bridge.

    I saw it today- on a beautiful, Autumnal, sunny day.The effect was stunning- with the sun

    glinting on the bronze.

    She's made of bronze, iron and marble and stands 30' high and the same wide.She holds eggs in her pouch, beneath her body.

    Children were playing around her legs, a lovely symbolic reference to her as the nurturing mother figure.

    They were hugging her legs and running round and round her.

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    Tate Modern

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Sep 12, 2007

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    A famous modern art museum in a former factory building on the Thames Southbank - interesting permanent exhibition on contemporary art and regular temporary exhibitions.

    The best way to approach Tate Modern is the Millenium Bridge, also called "wobbly bridge" due to the vibrations you can feel when crossing this supension bridge. Look back, and you have a fine view of St. Pauls from the "wobbly bridge".

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    Take a Tate

    by lina112 Written May 30, 2007

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    Inside Tate Modern

    Is the most popular project of the Millenium Projects builts on Great Britain to celebrate the 2.000. Tate Modern is the gallery of international modern and contemporary art and showcases art from 1900 to the present day. Admission is free, but donations from visitors continue to support the work.

    Opening times:
    Sunday-Thursday 10.00-18.00
    Friday and Saturday 10.00-22.00

    Es es proyecto mas popular de los Millenium Projects constuidos en Gran Bretaña para celebrar el año 2.000. Tate Modern es la galleria de arte contemporaneo e internacional y muestra el arte desde 1.900 hasta nuestros días. La entrada es gratis pero donaciones son admitidas para el mantenimiento.

    Horatio apertura:
    Domingo-Jueves 10.00-18.00
    Viernes y Sábados 10.00-22.00

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    But is it art?

    by gordonilla Written May 27, 2007

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    The Tate Modern opened in May 2000, in a converted power station. The conversion was designed by the Swiss architects, Herzog & de Meuron. The gallery shows art from around the world dating from 1900 to the present day (which is always moving of course).

    The Turbine Hall was once the location of London's first oil fired power station and was designed in 1947 by Giles Gilbert Scott. However as the price oil rose, it was shut down in 1981. Standing in the turbine hall today, you can hear the transformers of an electricity switch station under the hall hum. The hall itself is very large and could house 1,200 double decker buses stacked 7 high!

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    Tate Modern

    by Sjalen Updated May 4, 2007

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    London's major contemporary art museum is big and you should get here early to avoid queues during popular exhibitions. If you do, you will be rewarded by a place where you can learn that even if you thought you didn't really like art there is something for you. As it is housed in a disused power station along the river it is absolutely huge and you can study the website below to plan your visit and see if you want to see a lot of the permanent stuff or focus on the often very media-hyped but fun exhibitions.

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    Modern art in modern settings

    by nomadig Written Apr 11, 2007

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    If you are fancy of modern art, do pay visit to Tate Modern on Bankside. The former power station has been converted into a modern museum experience that is currently unparalleled in Europe. The vast open spaces are used to display huge works of art, and there are are more intimate settings for pieces that would otherwise be lost in the space.

    The permanent collections are free, and you can just walk in and start looking at the art. Two full floors will keep you busy for a while. The exhibitions cost money, but usually they are worth of every penny. They occupy other two floors.

    The main hall has sometimes really, really big stuff on display. Usually something that you can walk in or otherwise be part of the art piece.

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    TATE MODERN

    by Maggies Updated Apr 5, 2007

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    Tate Modern is one of the best (and one of my personal favourites) galleries of modern art.
    There are some great works of Mark Rothko, Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Duchamp, Roni Horn and many other more or less known great artists.
    The Tate Modern building itself (former power station) and its lobby are also amazing and perfectly suit the art collection that was gathered here.
    I like it's atmosphere and could spend hours there, again and again, especially in the rainy day.
    There is no admission fee!

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    Tate Modern

    by Peterodl Written Apr 3, 2007

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    A reconverted power plant, the Tate Modern is a must visit for the art lover in London.
    And even if you're not an art lover, you can get a spectacular view from the observation deck/cafe at the top of the tower.

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    A Modern Art Gallery

    by viddra Updated Apr 1, 2007

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    The Tate Modern is 1 of the most attractive galleries with more than 50,000 priceless paintings from the 20th and 21st centuries. Here you can see the works of Dali, Rodin or Picasso.

    It’s also well-known because of its workshops where you can produce your own art.

    Originally it was a power station and its central chimney is 99 metres high. Two Swiss architects, Herzog and de Meuron, converted the old building but kept the original design.

    Admission to the displays is free, but you can always give a donation.

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    A beautiful view of London: the Tate Modern Cafe

    by Lornabug Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    After a long yet memorable stroll through the many galleries of the Tate Modern a break at the cafe on the top floor is more than enticing, it's required! This is one of the most beautiful cafes I've been to, mainly because of the views, the Dunkerton's cider, the earl grey, the big couch we snagged, and the super cute sugar packets I snagged, too, and still use at home when I have company (tee hee!).

    You can see all of London with huge floor to ceiling windows and most of the cafe seats are facing right out. There is a dining area, and the food may be worth eating there, but I'd rather enjoy the view and then hunt down pub food elsewhere. Some fellow sippers and gazers were doing homework--what a transcendental space for ideas! I say!

    We watched thunder clouds and rain pass over central London, which was beautiful, and quite nice to have had pass before we left.

    Do try the Dunkertons Organic Cider. I've been searching for it in the U.S. ever since!!!

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    Follow the orange lamp posts to the Tate Modern!

    by Jenniflower Updated Jan 26, 2007

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    This is a very handy way to find your way to the Tate Modern!

    I had been there before but not from this Northern Line station. When you exit Borough tube station, there are little brown signs showing the way to the Tate Modern Gallery, but it is easy to get lost as it is an industrial-type area with lots of little streets.

    The orange posts are situated on the side of the road you should be walking on, and are clear in their direction.

    You will find the gallery location easily!!

    When you get there (the orange posts have stopped), go to the front of the gallery on the river side, this is where the main entrances are. The posts stop at the back of the gallery, which might be a little confusing.

    Happy gallery visiting! :)

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  • Tate Modern

    by Mariajoy Updated Jan 14, 2007

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    Built from the old Bank Side Power Station, The Tate Modern is a must see activity for any visitor to London. I love the way London constantly rebuilds, changes and makes new from old - it never sits still, stagnating... it did that for a while - and found it wasn't healthy.

    As with all the best museums and galleries in London - it's free - except for the special exhibitions. Donations of course are always gladly accepted - and it's a fantastic place to see the works of Mondrian, Dali, Pollock, Degas,Rothko, etc etc - so give what you can.

    Its open Sun-Thurs 10.00-18.00 and Fri-Sat 10.00-22.00.

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