A couple of hours in the Tate Modern is a good way to do a fast forward through a spectrum of international modern art from Roy Lichenstein’s “Whaam” and Andy Warhol’s “Self Portrait” to Monet’s “Waterlilies”.
A couple of hours in the Tate Modern is a good way to do a fast forward through a spectrum of international modern art from Roy Lichenstein’s “Whaam” and Andy Warhol’s “Self Portrait” to Monet’s “Waterlilies”. Each wing on levels three and five is dedicated to a major art movement. Level Five encompasses Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism which all started in the early 20th century and Level Three contains over 70 paintings and sculptures by the surrealists and their associates, also from the beginning of the 20th century.
The permanent collections are free, but you will need to buy a ticket for the temporary exhibitions. You can wander around at your leisure or join one of the 45-minute tours which run four times a day to view collections with one of the gallery’s expert guides.
The gallery is definitely child-friendly and the Interactive Zone gives them plenty to do. There are hands-on games, films and multimedia activities as well as good old books. Budding artists can even visit Open Studio to create their own masterpiece.
Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Sunday – Thursday: 10.00 - 18.00; Friday and Saturday: 10.00 - 22.00.
Modern art and view of the city
In London the best place to enjoy modern art and to have a view of the city is Tate Modern, located in the Bankside area of Southwark. There is no admission ticket: permanent collections are for free, but you have to pay temporary exhibitions.
You can easily reach it by tube, by bus, by train, by boat. The boat is a sensorial experience: the Tate boat runs every 40 minutes during gallery opening times from Tate Modern to Tate Britain and it is a wonderful panorama of the city from the river.
The gallery is so well known and visited that it has been extended in order to host and satisfy all kind of needs. The latest addition to Tate Modern is the viewing terrace on the top, at the 10th floor. You can climb the stairs or go up in the lift and take in the extraordinary skyline of the city in every direction. It can be a perfect conclusion of the tour of international modern art, or otherwise it can be a nice place to rest.
At the ninth floor you can stop and have a coffee at the two bars or eat in the new restaurant . Here also you can enjoy more of the view of the city.
At the fourth floor there is an interactive zone for both adult and child, who can release their creative energy, discover the major art works and perhaps their talent too.
Beside the possibility of having a particular view of the city, of course you have the chance to see the works of well known artists such as Mirò, Picasso, Magritte, Mondrian, Dali and more recent visual arts like film, photography and performance. You can meet Surrealism, Cubism, Futurism, Vorticism and Pop Art.
The Tate Modern is hosted in the old Bankside Power Station which has been restored and the building itself is a work of modern art worthy to house international masterpieces of modern art.