The European contribution to art is innumerable as well as is their commitment to making available such works of art to the public. London, the glittering modern city and capital of the United Kingdom, is renowned for its distinctive attractions, and it has witnessed a steady stream of visitors from around the world.
To the art scene, London has a unique gift to the whole world, the Tate Modern art gallery. Known as the best places to witness the extraordinary works of contemporary art, Tate Modern is the one name among modern art enthusiasts worldwide. This is why none of the private walking tours of London miss this art gallery in their itineraries.
With annual visitor turnout that amounts to about 5.7 million, Tate Modern is ranked among the best most visited museums and art galleries in the world. It houses some of the finest works of contemporary art created by eminent artist such as Picasso, Salvador Dali, etc. Moreover, the gallery has ever remained a true source of inspiration for those keenly pursuing the rich and complex world of art. Below are some fascinating facts about the Tate Modern art gallery in London.
The Name Tate
The name Tate is derived from the English sugar merchant and philanthropist Sir Henry Tate. He initially established the Tate Gallery that was opened to the public in the year 1897. The gallery had only one site during that period and housed only a small collection of artworks mostly from Britain. The Tate name is also utilized for its corporate body known as “The Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery”.
Bankside Power Station
The Tate Modern gallery is housed in the former Bankside power station. Designed by the architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the Bankside power station was chosen as the site for building the Tate Modern art gallery by its trustees in 1992. Its iconic central chimney and the turbine hall that housed the generators have become key attractions and places to exhibit the artworks.
Tate Modern hosts some of the best-known works of contemporary art. The key works of word-famous artists put on display here include Picasso’s The Three Dancers, Salvador Dali’s Autumnal Cannibalism, and Parreno’s Anywhen, to name a few. The artworks are spread over eight areas including the vast turbine hall.
Since its opening in 2001, the Tate Modern gallery holds the record of witnessing about 5.25 million visitors in the first year. It is one among the most visited museums and galleries in the world and is quite popular with people all over the UK.