Louise Bourgeois was really good but I know what you mean - it's horrible when it's too busy and that's basically any time from April til September
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There was also this dreadful groupy thing going on in the main hall, with loads of people in trainers, walking or running. I just found it really boring, even though there was supposed to be an arty message of some sort.
There was a glimmer of hope the last time I visited when I saw an exhibition of John Heartfield's work, the political artist, now there was ugliness with an important political reason and I enjoyed the refreshing satire.
Some of the mixed media elsewhere was good also but you had to trawl through a load of boring rubbish pictures to find the odd gem!
We spent about 2 hours there, and we enjoyed watching some of the videos building is fantastic.I gather from the RSPB, you can often see periguine (sp) falcons on the top, something that the Tate Modern doesn't seem to mention to their customers anywhere.
The bookshop was also good, but the books very expensive. The opening hours are great, particularly late evenings and it is fairly quiet and not crowded.
Definately for those who like a wildly hideous 'fix' every now and then!
I’m actually surprised I haven’t reviewed Tate Modern. Probably because it’s not really necessary, people have already said all the good things about it! I love the surrealism section so much, I’ve been to it quite a few times. There’s some really good views of St. Pauls from a couple floors up.
If you get no other membership,get
the Tate’s. You have so many benefits.
Private members room, free entry +
friend to all exhibitions openings &
as many times as you care to visit any of the 5 Tates in Britain. (two in
London,St Ives, Liverpool & Margate) Bang up to date – it is superb
If you love modern and contemporary art, Tate Modern is a must see. Amazing building, the conversion to a museum is highly impressive, very well laid out and signed. Modern, contemporary, colourful, spacious. Good fun and educational.
The free stuff is good to see, however if you want to see the best, your going to have to pay.
Which is always the case.
The location is fantastic.
Once you have been once though, no need to go for a while.
Ok, but better museums in London to check out
Excellent place to go for the day - even if you aren't a massive lover of modern art, it is always interesting to see what the new style of modern art is. The building is also so interesting - you almost go to see the building in many ways. Cafe right at the top is somewhere nice to go and look out over London.
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The Tate Modern is a fantastic building and it's worth a visit even if you aren't a big fan of modern art just for the architecture!
It's great to visit in the summer as you can walk to it quite easily from London Bridge or Waterloo Station along the South Bank.
They always have a great selection of art here, you can see most of it for free, and it's amazing when they have an installation exhibition in the main foyer - the giant slides were absolutely incredible! So next time they are exhibiting something big and 'interactive' - I recommend you head on down.
Spectacular building which has transformed the whole of the Southbank. Plenty going on all of the time. Something for everyone - families, kids, couples or people trying to fill their lunch hour.
For amazing views, check out the 7th floor terrace or the cafe on the top floor.
Whilst there are some great exhibitions that you need to pay for, there is always plenty of free things to see and do.
Try downloading the Tate Modern app onto the iPhone - a great way to experience the gallery.
Sometimes, ten minutes sitting in the Turbine Hall can be enough to make you forget about the stresses of living in the Capital.
I am not a specialist of the modern art but I like Tate Modern. The permanent expositions are in 3rd and 5th floor where you can see many painting of famous painter like Matisse, Picasso or pop art artist like Roy Lichtenstein. Moreover, between 2 floors, you can take a break in the big restaurant or the store book. To resume, beautiful place in London to do, even if you are not fascinate by the art.
I am a true art lover and appreciate all genres of art, but still I find some of Tate Modern's art work leaving me pulling unattractive faces at walls.
I hold my hands up and admit that a floor full of 'sunflowers seeds' doesn't stir anything in me... and that scribbles on huge canvases wont make me pee my pants with excitement.
As for the Gauguin exhibition ( for a fee ) that was on when I visited.. and some of the more interesting pieces of art in the gallery .. they do the job nicely.
...but everyone to their own and it is free aside from the exhibitions so worth a visit to fill some time or if you love modern art. I wouldn't go again unless there was an exhibition i really wanted to see was there.
I can never decide whether I love or hate Tate Modern. Like anything else, the experience you have there will completely depend on what time you go. School holidays or weekends are my idea of hell on earth, but since it's open seven days a week and until ten most evenings, there's no using the noisy mobs as an excuse.
For the most part, the paid exhibitions I've seen have been brilliant. Both the Louise Bourgeois and Gilbert & George retrospectives they've had here in the last couple of years were amazing: comprehensive and thoughtfully curated with enough background info to give all the context you could need.
The free sections seem to vary a lot in terms of quality, but I have seen some cool stuff here, like when the Guerilla Girls had a small room with all their posters. And a visit to Tate Modern always seems to go down well with visitors from out of town, more so than Tate Britain. Just not in half-term.
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