London 2013: The Tate Modern

London’s Millennium Bridge connects St Paul’s Cathedral with the Bankside Power Station that closed in 1981 and reopened in 2000 as the Tate Modern, one of the four Tate family art galleries in the UK. It is the most visited modern art museum in the world.

Admission is free to the museum except for some special exhibits and photography is allowed (yay!) except in some of those special exhibits. As you might expect, some of the most famous works of the 20th century can be found here and I saw several Picassos, Mondrians and Kandinskys.  I was also somewhat surprised to find a Monet here and very surprised to encounter a  J. M. W. Turner! Here are a few examples of the art we saw that day.


Georges Braque. Bottle and Fishes. 1910-12.


Pablo Picasso. Seated Nude. 1909-10.


The room that displayed several works of art by Piet Mondrian was very crowded. The one you can see in the background is Composition C (No. III) with Red, Yellow and Blue.


Jean Helion. Ile de France. 1935. This painting reminds me of the shapes at Stonehenge with color added.



Charlotte Posenensky. Square Tubes (Series D). 1967


The Ellsworth Kelly room. Orange Relief with Green (1991) is on the left and Mediterannee (1952) is at center.


Donald Judd. Untitled. 1980 (on the right)


Wassily Kandinsky. Swinging. 1925



Cy Twombly. Bacchus series.


Giuseppe Penone. Tree of 12 Metres. 1980-82.


Group photo at the entrance to Transformed Visions, the section of the Tate Modern devoted to abstract impressionists after World War II. Other sections include Poetry and Dream (surrealists) and Energy and Process (Arte Povera).

Claude Monet made 250 paintings of his beloved water-lillies during the last thirty years of his life. The one we saw at the Tate Modern was created around 1916.



Claude Monet. Water-lillies, 1916.

I was informed by several sources that the Tate Modern collection contains art from 1900 onwards and was surprised to come across a Turner. He painted this work sometime between 1840 and 1845! I guess this is the Tate’s one exception to their rule.


J.M.W.Turner. Yacht Approaching the Coast. 1840-45.

The Bloomberg Connects drawing bar can be found on level 3. You can create your own digital masterpiece on an interactive screen and see it instantaneously displayed on the large screen for the world to see!


Bloomberg Connects interactive digital art.

I’ll show some more photos of art we saw at the Tate Modern tomorrow.













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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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