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Tate Modern
by Cedric

Tate Modern is Britain’s national gallery of international modern art. It forms part of the Tate group of art galleries together with Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives and Tate Online. Tate Modern holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art. The gallery is located in the former Bankside Power Station in Southwark on the south bank of the River Thames

The awe-inspiring Turbine Hall once housed the electricity generators of the old power station. It runs the length of the entire building, is five storeys tall and has 3,400 square metres of floor space. It is used to display large specially-commissioned works by contemporary artists. There are also many smaller internal side galleries. Special exhibitions covering the works of specific artists are regularly held

The former Bankside Power Station was originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the architect of Battersea Power Station. It was built in two stages between 1947 and 1963. The power station closed in 1981. In 1992 The Tate Gallery at the British National Art Museum proposed a competition to build a new building for modern art. The planned new building was to hold part of the ever-expanding collection of modern and contemporary art

In 1995 it was announced that Herzog & de Meuron had won the competition with their simple design. The architects decided to reinvent the current building instead of demolishing it. Tate Modern is an example of adaptive reuse, the process of finding new life in old buildings. The building itself still resembles the 20th century factory in style from the outside and that is reflected on the inside by the light brown walls, steel girders and concrete floors. The fa├žade of the building is constructed from 4.2 million bricks that are separated by groups of thin vertical windows helping to create a dramatic light inside

For more information go to www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

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