London : The Tate Modern

Tate Modern - Exterior

10th July 2011. Written by Xin Li.
London, United Kingdom

Housed in a former power station in the Bankside of London, the power station found a new lease of life as a museum for the contemporary arts in 2000. A monumental atrium welcomes you as you step into the museum and this is just the beginning of the museum experience.

Tate Modern - Atrium

As you proceed to explore the museum’s collection of international modern art, be prepared to get swept by waves after waves of impactful works that have pushed the boundaries of what is art.

Tate Modern - Facade

Facade of the museum.

Tate Modern - Gallery

Tate Modern - Dada

For a start, get puzzled by the random and whimsical works of the Dadaists, with their satire of the political scene in 1930s.

Tate Modern - Ai Wei Wei

Or be in awe by Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds, a heap of ‘sunflower’ seeds that are actually handcrafted and hand painted porcelain pieces by the specialists working in small scale workshops in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen, a city in China, renowned for its porcelain products.

Tate Modern - Alberto Giacometti

Then there is the works by the famed Italian sculptor, Alberto Giacometti, whose almost vanishing stick-like human figures evoke imagery of the victims of the Vietnam War or Hiroshima Bombing.

Tate Modern - Henri Matisse by Andre Derian

Or take a step back in time and explore the gradual shift towards modernism in art by artists like Andre Durain.

Tate Modern - Gallery

These are just a tip of the iceberg of what the Tate Modern has to offer. The Tate Modern is FREE except for major exhibitions.

Tate Modern - Surrealism

After an electrifying tour of the museum, why not relax at Café 2, the museum’s café, situated on the riverside?

Café 2 - Fruit Scone with Cornish Clotted Cream & Strawberry Preserve

I had the Fruit Scone with Cornish Clotted Cream and Strawberry Preserve (3.50 GBP), the scone was quite sweet and crumbly. The clotted cream was thick and rich and the strawberry preserve has chunks of strawberry in it.

Café 2 - Bramley Apple & Blackberry Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

My younger brother had the Bramley Apple and Blackberry Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream (5.10 GBP) which he wiped clean before I could taste it.

Tate Modern - View


Open :
Sun – Thurs
10.00 – 18.00
Fri – Sat
10.00 – 22.00

Closed from 24th-26th of December.


  1. you're a bugger you are.
    always making me jealous hey

  2. hehe but your uni course is even worth being jealous of...mine like hell.



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