This week I visited Tate Britain for the first time and was so inspired by it that decided to write a post straight away!
Tate Britain was first opened in 1897 (under the name of National Gallery of British Art). Initially the gallery displayed both British and modern art but after the opening of Tate Modern in 2000 modern collections were moved out.
From 2012 Tate Britain was going through a process of renovation that was finished by the end of 2013. I was most impressed by the new spiral staircase and a beautiful combination of it’s pattern with the floor tiles. I think I’ve spent an hour just looking at it from different angles and walking up and down the stairs!
I’ve also taken one of the free guided tours that start every day at 11:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 15:00, the last one with more focus on J. M. W. Turner. All tours last about 45 minutes and the works you see depend on the guide (tours at different days might vary significantly). I’m planning to go for another tour again next time I visit and will do the Turner one at 15:00 as well.
Installations by a British artist Phyllida Barlow are at display at the moment.