Tate Modern is Britain’s national museum of modern art. Tate Modern displays the National Collection of international modern art from 1900 to the present, which includes major works by Dalì, Picasso, Matisse, and Warhol as well as work by contemporary artists such as Sarah Lucas, Mona Hatoum and Anselm Kiefer.
The collection is displayed thematically in four suites that explore how the traditional genres of art – still life, the nude, landscape and history painting have evolved through the modern era. The themes link historic works with contemporary, and combine painting and sculpture with film, video, photography and installation. Rooms examining art historical themes are interspersed with rooms devoted to a single artist.
TATE MODERN HISTORY
In December 1992, the Tate Trustees announced their intention to separate the display of the Tate Collection in London between two sites. The original Millbank gallery would show British art from 1500 to the present day, while a new national gallery of international modern and contemporary art would be created at a separate site.
In 1994, the Trustees acquired an option on Bankside Power Station in Southwark, designed by Sir Giles Gilberts Scott who was also the architect of Battersea Power Station, the Liverpool Anglican cathedral and the famous British red telephone box.
In 1995 the leading Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron were appointed to transform the power station into a gallery. Construction began in autumn 1997, and on 11 May 2000 Tate Modern opened to the public.
Free, with charges for some temporary exhibitions and events.
Admission to Tate Modern is free, except for special exhibitions.