A VISIT to the TATE MODERN GALLERIES

  • August 24, 2013 · 3:30 PM
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Join us for an afternoon at the TATE MODERN (FREE to enter). We will Meetup outside the Riverfront Entrance.

Tate Modern is a modern art gallery located in London. It is Britain's national gallery of international modern art. It is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world, with around 4.7 million visitors per year. It is based in the former Bankside Power Station, in the Bankside area of Central London. Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art.

The galleries are housed in the former Bankside Power Station, which was originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the architect of Battersea Power Station, and built in two stages between 1947 and 1963. The power station closed in 1981. The building was converted by architects Herzog & de Meuron and contractors Carillion,[5] after which it stood at 99m tall.

A large oblong brick building with square chimney stack in centre of front face. It stands on the far side of a river, with a curving white foot bridge on the left.

Currently there are the following FREE Exhibitions and Displays at TATE Modern

Lawrence WeinerFree Display: Tate Modern Lawrence Weiner 27 September 2012 – 1 September 2013

Lawrence Weiner’s use of language as his primary medium has marked him out as one of the leading figures of conceptual art.

Part of the series: ARTIST ROOMS

Joseph Beuys Free Display: Tate Modern Joseph Beuys 1 April 2012 – 31 December 2013

This room brings together works by the German artist Joseph Beuys from the early 1980s, including the installation Lightning with Stag in its Glare.

Part of the series: ARTIST ROOMS

Structure and Clarity Free Display: Tate Modern Structure and Clarity Open every day

The central room in the wing is devoted to the abstract or ‘constructive’ art of the inter-war years.

Gerhard Richter Free Display: Tate Modern Gerhard Richter 5 April 2013 – 1 April 2014

This room features Two Sculptures for a Room by Palermo from the ARTIST ROOMS collection, jointly held by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland.

Part of the series: ARTIST ROOMS

Skirt of the Black Mouth Free Display: Tate Modern Skirt of the Black Mouth 28 September 2012 – 30 September 2015

Outside Tate Modern at Holland Street Created by artists Heather and Ivan Morison, Skirt of the Black Mouth is a place for everyone within the south landscape of the Tate Modern Project.

The artists often make works for public spaces that disrupt the rigid grid of the modern world. They use simple folds and cuts to transform monolithic forms, materials and ideas, producing a more unexpected, more beautiful geometry. The resulting structures are intended to agitate and provoke the viewer, but the artists also want people to find hope through this confrontation.

Skirt of the Black Mouth began as a new approach to the traditional hoarding, using it as a sculptural element to redefine the space, while allowing glimpses of what lies behind. Characterised by a distinctively twisted arrangement of the wall, bench and path, it is a space stolen back from the construction site, dividing one world from another. Composed of light and dark, silences and shadows, contrasting materials and conflicting ideas.,

Transformed Visions Free Display: Tate Modern Transformed Visions Open every day

After the Second World War, artists forged a new kind of expressive abstraction. This wing looks at the ongoing presence of the human figure within such works, as well as wider responses to violence and war, and the tendency towards contemplative immersion exemplified by Mark Rothko’s Seagram Murals.

Poetry and Dream Free Display: Tate Modern Poetry and Dream Open every day

The displays in Poetry and Dream show how contemporary art grows from, reconnects with, and can provide fresh insights into the art of the past.

Free Display: Tate Modern Energy and Process Open every day

The displays in Energy and Process look at artists’ interest in transformation and natural forces. A central room focuses on sculpture of the late 1960s made from a diverse range of everyday materials – sometimes industrial, sometimes organic – rather than those associated with fine art. The Italian artists of Arte Povera produced work that explored changing physical states instead of representing things in the world, while in Japan and the United State the Mono Ha and Post-Minimalism movements looked for alternatives to a sleek technological aesthetic. Adjacent rooms show pioneering uses of commonplace things and activities. More recent work on display blurs the boundary between art and daily life in photography, film and installation.

Journey Planner

To find your quickest route to Tate Modern, use Transport for London’s Journey Planner.

By Tube

The nearest London Underground stations to Tate Modern are:

Southwark (Jubilee Line, 600 metres approx.)

Blackfriars (District and Circle Line, 800 metres approx.) has now been reopened

St Pauls (Central Line, 1,100 metres approx.)

By bus

The following buses stop near Tate Modern:

Routes 45, 63 and 100 stop on Blackfriars Bridge Road

Routes RV1 and 381 stop on Southwark Street

Route 344 stops on Southwark Bridge Road

The red spots on the map below show the location of these bus stops.

By train

The nearest mainline train stations to Tate Modern are:

Blackfriars (800 metres approx.)

London Bridge (1,100 metres approx.)

By boat

Tate Boat runs every forty minutes along the Thames between Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Other river services run between Millbank Pier and Bankside Pier.

London river services

By bike

The nearest Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations are located on New Globe Street and Southwark Street.

After visiting the Tate we head off for a drink (only £2.50 each) at the Thai Silk Bar and Restaurant at 94 Isabella Street, London, SE1 8DD. Thai Silk is only 10 minutes walk away from the Tate Modern. We will meet outside the riverfront entrance of the Tate again at 5.15pm and can make the short walk (10 minutes) to the Thai Silk together. There will be an opportunity to eat as well, for those who want to.

This is a Joint Event with Ken's Events.

When you arrive at the venue look for the 'KEN'S EVENTS' Flag/Sign pictured below.

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  • Carmel

    I wish that I could make this one as Tate is awesome. Look out for The State of Flux exhibits by The Italian Futurists - fabulous!

    August 19, 2013

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