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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Tate Modern Art Galleries

Tate modern art gallery is one of the most popular galleries in the world. The resource, which forms a part of the center previously known as Bank Power Station located in London, currently attracts about five million visitors every year. The power station designer, architect Giles Scott, took about 16 years to complete designing and build the expansive resource. After the power station ceased its operations in 1981, it was converted to what is today called Tate Modern Art Galleries. I never knew art was such a power media for communicating until I visited Tate (Riding, 2006).

When we visited London in 2011, with my father and my younger brother Mark, I proposed that we visit these infamous galleries and at least get a glimpse of the contemporary art stored in the 99m tall building. I love photography and I appreciate great arts because I believe they are only achieved by great artists. I was especially amused by the number and categories of galleries on display considering the short period of time that the resource has been operating. The company of my father, a retired civil engineer, made our visit more interesting because he complemented the details of the arts by providing further explanations about design, perspective, contrast, etc which were clear in all pieces of sketches.
We began our visit in level two, as advised by a friend that had visited Tate previously. Here we were provided with maps that detailed various sections and activities that took place in those sections. In level 3 we found out that the management allowed people to try out their artistic skills by making own sketches. However, the management restricted visitors from using abrasive materials that would distort the display walls. We found this to be astounding because everyone, both good and amateur artists, seemed to be enjoying themselves. Although we did not try making any sketches ourselves, we thought that we’d try it out next during our next visit.
The art timeline on display in level three was also offered us a great learning opportunity. Here we could see the transformations that have taken place over time as was elaborated by art.
Tate art galleries features arts work, both modern and contemporary, made since 1900. My dad explained that the resource is segmented into several levels that exhibit different arts for ease of access (Google, 2012). We started by going through the section that displays poetry works by various artists. This section displayed various pieces done by legendary poets and those that were biased towards surrealism. I am not a poet and this section did not particularly interest me, however I tried to grab a few names and pieces on display and I can still recall seeing moon in a bottle by Max Ernst.
To say the least, poetry is a great art that is both expansive and complex but understanding its depths requires real interest. We took about 20 minutes to complete exploring this section before we entered the Material Gesture section within level 3 of the building. This section displayed great arts that highlighted expressionism and abreaction. We were made to understand that most the works displayed in this section was done by Barnett Newman, Matisse Henri, Claude Monet and a few other artists of 19th century.
Although we did not visit all the sections in the building, I believe everyone should make an effort of visiting it. There are many games that kids and grownups can engage in if they are not interested in viewing art works. There are sections that are paid and classic works on display there, however the free sections are many and you may not have enough time to exhaust them all.
Tate modern art galleries offer great learning opportunities for people looking for historic facts and even those that are interested in just seeing art works. Although I am not an artist, I enjoyed interacting with both history and art because they clearly told an interesting story. Today you can download a mobile app that can guide you through the galleries and you see everything first hand. Onsite there are maps that you can acquire and use as your guide to various resources in the building. Whether you are an artist or not Tate provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy. You can also take friend or kids and enjoy the Selene atmosphere and various arts on display.

Google, Inc. Google Maps – Walking directions to Tate Modern from Southwark Street / Blackfriars Road bus stop (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
Riding, Alan (July 26, 2006). "Tate Modern Announces Plans for an Annex". The New York Times. Retrieved March 7, 2012 from http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/26/arts/design/26tate.html?_r=2

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