It took four visits to London to finally make a call on London’s Tate Modern. In my defense, I had visited the British Museum (twice), The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, and the Victoria And Albert Museum. I think I may be missing a couple in that list. The point is that London overflows with opportunity to take in the arts and the history of said human activity. I am less so a fan of modern art than what we would term traditional art, so it was not surprising that it took me so long to get to the Tate Modern.
This is a photo of the Tate Modern from the opposite side of the Thames. The Tate Modern actually occupies what was formerly the Bankside power station, a massive post-war building that embodies much of the modern in its blocky architecture. The power plant was shuttered in 1981 and in recent years converted into a wing of the Tate musuem, housing modern and contemporary art from 1900 and forward. Seen also in this picture is the Millennium pedestrian bridge built to celebrate the 21st century.
The interior of the museum is as much a work of modern art as the extensive and revolving collection it houses. Stripped of much of the original and mammoth machinery this building once housed, you get massive spaces such as this, the Turbine Hall pictured above, in the middle of the structure. The lines of this place have to be seen to truly be experienced but I feel this print goes a long way towards conveying the proportions.
If modern art is not your thing, you’ll be forgiven for seeking out other places if you visit London with limited time, but if you have time to spare, or you are a fan of modern art, you must check out this place. As with many of the galleries and museums in London, the Tate Modern is free (temporary exhibitions are the exception).