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Tate Modern, London

Tate Modern is a modern art gallery in London housed in the former Bankside Power Station in London’s borough of Southwalk, which is located directly across the River Thames from St Paul’s Cathedral. The art gallery is part of the Tate group that includes Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives and Tate Online. Entry to the art gallery is and Tate Online. Entry to the art gallery is free.

Opened in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth, Tate Modern is home to the UK’s national collection of international works of modern and contemporary art from the 1900 to the present. It’s one of the largest art galleries of its kind in the world and renowned for its extensive collections. Therefore, it’s not surprising that Tate Modern is among the most popular art galleries in the UK attracting around 6 million visitors each year. Collections exhibited are according to themes but not arranged according to chronology.

Tate Modern by Hans Peter Schaefer


The revamped former power station housing Tate Modern is a huge seven-floor building comprising of three main areas. The areas include the main Turbine Hall in the centre, Boiler House in the north and the Switch House in the south. The Boiler House focuses on art from 1900 to the present and Switch House from the 1960s to the present. The art museum offers free guided tours and audio guides (for a fee) in five languages describing many of the major exhibits.

Inside Tate Modern by Hans Peter Schaefer


Tate Modern is home to a vast collection of modern art in various styles that include Impressionism, Surrealism, Expressionism, Cubism, Fauvism, Vorticism and Pop Art. Works by famous artists here include Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali and Auguste Rodin. The various galleries are on the second and fourth floors at the Boiler House and from the ground floor to the fourth floor at the Switch House.

A gallery at Tate Modern by Adrian Pingstone

The Turbine Hall once housed the electricity generators of the old power station. The hall is five storeys tall with a very large floor space and today holds large-scale exhibits including sculptural projects and site-specific installation art. The section known as the Tanks comprises of three former large underground oil tanks and now used to hold exhibits of installation art, video art and live performances. The east and west wings of the Boiler House are for major temporary exhibitions (usually for three to four months).

The Turbine Hall by The Wub

Major works of art at Tate Modern include the famous Marilyn Diptych by Andy Warhol (1962) made in the months after Marilyn Monroe’s death. Another famous work is Mountain Lake by Salvador Dalí (1938), a surrealist painting demonstrating his use of multiple images. Uncertainty of the Poet by Georgio de Chirico (1913) is another surrealist painting with a somewhat eerie feeling. Portrait of Jacques Nayral (1911) by Albert Gleizes is a large-sized painting and a fine example of Cubism. Windows Open Simultaneously by Robert Delaunay (1912) centres on the image of the Eiffel Tower using bright colours.

Visiting Tate Modern

Admission to Tate Modern is free but visitors must purchase tickets for the major temporary exhibitions. The modern art gallery opens daily (closes on 24th, 25th and 26th December) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday-Saturday.

The nearest London Underground stations from Tate Modern are Southwark (serving the Jubilee Line) and Blackfriars (serving the Circle and District Lines) Stations. Riverboats under the London River Services stop at Bankside Pier on the south bank of the River Thames.

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Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK

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