- What: The Tate Modern is the UK's national showcase for international modern and contemporary art.
- Where: Bankside, London SE1 9TG. It's housed in the former Bankside Power Station, a modernist landmark on the south bank of the Thames, across from St. Paul's Cathedral in London and next to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
- Contact: +44 (0)207 887 8888
- Recorded information line: +44 (0)207 887 8008
- Admission: Free, except for major exhibitions
- Open: Every day except for December 24-26. Sunday to Thursday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Nearest Underground Stations: Southwark (Jubilee Line) - 10 minutes walk, Mansion House (District and Circle Line) 10 minutes walk
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The Tate Modern - The National Gallery of Modern ArtThe Tate Modern in London is the UK's national gallery of international modern and contemporary art. A millennium project, it is housed in the gigantic, disused Bankside Power Station. One of the landmarks of London's South Bank cultural area, it sits beside Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, at the foot of Sir Norman Foster's famous Millennium Bridge.
Why Visit the Tate Modern in London
When the Tate Modern opened, in 2002, it at last provided space for the UK's important collection of 20th century and later work. Before this much of the collection had been cramped, or even stored away at the old Tate Gallery, now known as the Tate Britain, across the river.
Together with The Tate Liverpool and the Tate St. Ives , the family of four Tate Galleries now house the national collection of British art since 1500 and international modern art from 1900 to the present.
Painting, sculpture, video and installations are shown in 84,250 sq ft of gallery space, arranged on three levels, and in the amazing four-storey tall, 35,520 sq ft Turbine Hall. Works on display range from the very accessible sculptures of Dame Barbara Hepworth to such bizarre pieces as Marcel Duchamp's 1917 "Fountain", one of a small number of replicas of his "ready made art" urinal, authorized by the artist in the 1960s. The gallery has 49 works by installation artist and sculptor Anish Kapoor and a large collection of sculpture and painting by Picasso, covering all the periods of his career.
Explore the collection for works in every major modern and contemporary movement:
- Fauvists including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse
- One of the world's greatest museum collections of Surrealist art by, among others Salvatore Dalí, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte and Joan Mirò
- American Abstract Expressionism is represented by major works by Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. Rothko's Seagram Murals occupy a room of their own
- Russian abstract pioneer Naum Gabo
- Sculpture and paintings by Giacometti
- A Pop art collection that includes works by Lichtenstein and Warhol
- Minimal art, Conceptual art and other contemporary art movements since the 1980s.
An Accessible GalleryThe Tate Modern is a free and approachable part of the South Bank/Bankside cultural scene.
- It has lifts and ramps, hearing aid loops and other accessibility features for disabled visitors. Handicapped parking spaces, wheelchairs and electric scooters can be booked by email or phone on +44 (0)207 887 8888.
- Family visitors are catered for with a range of weekend and school vacation activities as well as a multi-media guides for children, family trails through the gallery and a family "zone" full of stimulating ideas for kids over 5.