Tate Britain : Michelin's recommendations
The reorganisation of these collections is centred on artistic creation in Britain over a period of five centuries. The original juxtaposition of ancient and modern works in thematic exhibitions - Public and private, Literature and imagination, Here and there, Artist and models- heightens the impression of continuity across the ages while adding an element of surprise, which surprisingly allows a better comprehension and appreciation of the works. Some rooms contain painters of the first order such as Hogarth, Blake, Gainsborough and Hockney. An entire wing (Clore Gallery) is devoted to Turner. The museum has grown as a result of the acquisition by the nation of a great number of paintings over 50 years following the creation of the National Gallery in 1824, including the Turner legacy in 1856 and the Chantrey donation which allowed the purchase of works both contemporary and early. In 1891, Henry Tate, a broker in the sugar market and a modern art collector, offered his collection to the nation and £80,000 to build a home for it. The government offered the site of the Old Mill Bank prison. The Tate opened its doors in 1897 as a museum for modern British art. The buildings were extended and important donations and gifts from generous patrons of the arts have enriched the funds. The museum became independent from the National Gallery in 1955.
- Address : Millbank GB - London SW1P 4RGSW1P 4RGLondon
- Phone : 02078878000
- Website : http://www.tate.org.uk
- Prices : free of charge