London is heralded for its art scene, with millions of visitors flocking to the capital annually for the chance to indulge in a bit of culture. Fortunately for those currently studying for a London finance degree or any other qualification in the city, this is all on your doorstep and waiting to be discovered.
Among the best such experiences available is the Tate Modern, which is a hive of interest for the modern art fan and the most visited modern art gallery in the world. If you are planning to see what all the fuss is about soon, here is a quick guide to help you make the most of your visit.
A brief history
Standing as one of the best celebrations of London art, the Tate Modern encompasses both modern and contemporary art from 1900 onwards, celebrating some of the most famous faces from the domestic and international arts scene. Originally designed to cater for around 1.8 million visitors a year, its popularity has far exceeded all expectations and sizeable changes have been made so that over four million people a year can enjoy its fantastic exhibitions.
Undoubtedly one of the best London landmarks that can be experienced for free, it sits on the site of the former Bankside Power Station which was built by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in the 1950s but had to close in 1981 due to growing oil prices. The building was extensively renovated and reopened as the Tate Modern in May 2000.
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The exhibitions on offer
Breaking away from the norm, the Tate Modern has arranged its artworks by theme, with Level 3 the place to discover the finest examples of impressionism and abstraction, Level 5 offering an insight into the worlds of cubism, vorticism and pop art, and Level 4 usually set aside for large-scale temporary exhibitions. With Monet, Matisse, Yves Tangny, Max Erst, Roy Lichtenstien, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol just some of the artists whose works occupy these walls, the overwhelming popularity of the institution is hardly surprising.
As well as a host of permanent exhibitions, the Tate Modern also has a variety of spaces available for some for the biggest contemporary names to show off their creations on a temporary basis. Among the most exciting venues dedicated to this purpose is The Tanks; these are three large underground oil tanks which have been transformed into a striking exhibition space, first utilised in 2012.
To find out more about the permanent and temporary exhibitions you could discover during your visit, click here to visit the official Tate Modern website.
Opening times and how to get there
The Tate Modern is remarkably easy to reach, which is great news if you want to take a break from studying for your MBA marketing degree to explore what is truly one of the best art galleries in London. While the closest stations to walk from are Blackfriars and Southwark, the walk from St Pauls is well worth the extra effort as it includes a pleasant amble over the Millennium Bridge, offering stunning views across the Thames and beyond.
The Tate Modern is open every day and entry is free to all, allowing entry to visitors from 10am – 6pm from Sundays – Thursdays and 10am-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
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