Art lovers have surely heard of at least one of London’s four Tate museums which showcase art from British and international artists from 1500 until the present day.
If you are planning a trip to London, Liverpool, or Cornwall, be sure to check out one of these world-class museums.
Tate Britain (Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG): The Tate Britain is the oldest of the Tate museums, established in 1897 (originally named the National Gallery of British Art). The Tate Britain’s collection features British art from 1500 to the present day. This beatufiul museum is a must-see for all visitors arriving on flights to London. Current exhibitions include work by Barry Flanagan and John Martin.
Tate Modern (Bankside, London, SE1 9TG): The Tate Modern opened in 2000, making it the newest of the Tate museums. Located on the bank of the River Thames in a refurbished power station, the Tate Modern boasts one of the most comprehensive modern and contemporary art collections in the world. Current exhibitions include work by Tacita Dean and Gerhard Richter.
Tate Liverpool (Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4BB): The Tate Liverpool opened in 1988, and is housed in a converted warehouse on Liverpool’s waterfront. The Tate Liverpool’s collection features international modern and contemporary art. Current exhibitions include Alice in Wonderland and René Magritte.
Tate St. Ives (Porthmeor Beach, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG): The Tate St. Ives is housed in a unique three-story building, located on the site of a former gas works, overlooking Porthmeor Beach. It opened in 1993. The Tate St. Ives’ collection is comprised of modern and contemporary international art. Current exhibitions include work by Barbara Hepworth, and the art of abstract painting.
“Tate Modern,” Flickr photo credit: stefo