Point of Interest

Tate Modern

England / Europe

Tate Modern was built in the old Bankside Power Station. The former Bankside Power Station was converted by the Swiss architects, Herzog & de Meuron, (who went on to design the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium) into the Tate Modern Art Gallery. The collection is displayed in four wings on Levels 3 and 5 of the gallery. At the heart of each wing is a large central display, or ‘hub’, which focuses on one of the pivotal moments of 20th century art history. The four hubs feature Surrealism, Minimalism, post-war abstraction in Europe and the United States, and the three linked movements of Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism. Around the focal points, a range of displays move backwards and forwards in time, showing the predecessors and sometimes the opponents of each movement, as well as how they shaped and informed subsequent developments and contemporary art. The introductory room in each wing bring together work by artists from different generations, to reflect this ongoing dialogue between past and present. Tate Modern has temporary exhibitions, a café, an Express Bar, rooftop restaurant with views across the Thames, a library and other education facilities.

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