Based in London, England, the Tate Modern is a renowned contemporary art gallery. It belongs to the Tate Group, along with Tate St Ives, Tate Liverpool and Tate Britain. With an average of nearly five million visitors per year, it is the world’s most widely visited modern art gallery. The gallery contains contemporary artworks, with the oldest painting going back to 1900. The art gallery premise’s was formerly a power station. It was extensively remodelled by famous architects Herzog and de Meuron. It was opened to the public in 2000.
When it first opened the displays at the site were not arranged chronologically, but instead by theme. The paintings were grouped into four areas: ‘Landscape \ Matter \ Environment’; ‘History \ Memory \ Society’; ‘Nude \ Action \ Body’; and ‘Still Life \ Object \ Real Life’. However, since 2006 the displays have focused on the pivotal moments of 20th century art. Among the paintings here are works by Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Mario Mertz and Roy Lichtenstein.
The gallery is housed in what was once the Bankside Power Station located in Central London’s Bankside area. The art gallery is conveniently accessible by public transport. There is a special boat that runs along the Thames River between Tate Modern and Tate Britain every forty minutes. Two mainline train stations, London Bridge and Blackfriars, are situated in the vicinity. One can also get there by bus, tube or car. Admission is free, although one has to purchase tickets for special exhibits. Tate Members can visit special exhibits for free. This popular site is open from 10 am to 6 pm from Monday to Thursday, and until 10 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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