When you go to London to visit this unique art museum, you will find yourself in the old Bankside Power Station. This fortress-like structure was designed in 1947 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the architect of Waterloo Bridge and London’s iconic red phone booths. Once it housed powerful generators. Now it has been converted into a light-flooded series of galleries. It also provides visitors with some excellent views of London.
In this almost forbidding structure that looms over the south bank of the Thames, art lovers will find one of the world’s greatest collections of contemporary art. Tate Modern breaks with convention. Its displays are organized by theme, rather than chronology or school. This idea calls across movements, and reassembles media. Themes are based on traditional and non-traditional genres such as still life, real life, object, landscape, nude, history, society, and memory. Among the great works shown here are Auguste Rodin’s sculpture The Kiss, Umberto Boccioni’s sculpture Unique Forms of Continuity, Alberto Giacometti’s Composition (Man and Woman), and Jackson Pollock’s Summertime: Number 9A. As a complement to its permanent collection, three times a year Tate Modern puts on a special exhibition of modern masters.
Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom
Open hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Phone: +44 20 7887 8888
Architects: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron