Photo Diary: Finding Modern Art in London: A Day at Tate Modern.
Today I ran into a windy/rainy/and everything in between London day. But, as it turns out museums are the perfect antidote to gray London days. So with a free entry ticket and a day to waste, I headed to Tate Modern.
One of four galleries in the Tate, Tate Modern is a hub of international modern and contemporary art. With new exhibitions and commissions always on offer, coming to the Tate Modern never gets old.
Now, I must admit. I’m not the biggest art buff. But I always appreciate a bit of modern art and the installations at the Tate never cease to impress. The installations go way past the fluff and some of the pieces I saw during my visit were jaw-dropping (i.e Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus).
So ticket in hand I passed the grey Bankside skies and made my way to the Tate.
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Photo Diary: Finding Modern Art in London: A Day at Tate Modern
Finding Modern Art in London: Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus 2019’s Hyundai Commission
Challenging how we remember history and monuments Kara Walker’s work was inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace. Seeing it in person was powerful, extremely emotional and the detail is jaw-dropping. If you’re in London leading up to mid-November (2020) it’s 100% worth seeing it in person.
The Collection Route
Roaming around I stopped through the Collection Route. A free gallery in the Tate that remains unchanged with international modern art scattered throughout two floors. I spent some lazy hours walking around and taking in the artwork, and of course, a snapshot or two.
Top Floor of the Blavatnik Building
One of my favorite parts of the Tate Museum is the hidden corners. Or views that is. Unfortunately, most of the parts of the building are still closed off (but hopefully you’ll be luckier than me when you get there) but when it does open you should definitely make your way to the viewing terrace.
Up here you’ve got everything from the River Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral to Canary Wharf and Wembley Stadium, right at your fingertips. With a terrace bar above to match.
Overall a day at the Tate is a day well-spent. Thank you rainy day 🙂
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