The Tate Modern - London
A stone's throw from Waterloo station and a brick's throw from the Millennium bridge is the British home of modern art, the Tate.
Enclosed behind the former Bankside power station facade is the home to 4 floors of modern art deliciousness (Opinion on that varies, widely!)
After busting my way through the crowds of tourists and security checks I was in, and the sheer size of the place is crazy. You are greeted by the old turbine hall, which they call a 'covered street' and with its polished concrete floors and huge ceilings is a very special space and a very large one at over 3,000 square meters (that's around 35,00 square feet for my American friends)
The Tate is famed for some of its exhibitions, most notably those of Damian Hirst and its jewel encrusted objects that went on to sell for millions. Yes, there are some truely fascinating works in here, but for everyone one of those, there is 20 'What the hell is that' pieces. Now, art snobs and those more educated than me will probably just say that I am not intellectual enough to understand the concepts that the artist is trying to portray. To those people I say, what about the exhibition that is a pile of bricks. Apparently meant to symbolise the uniformity of life (says the placeholder next to the work) To think, an ARTIST has been paid actual MONEY to put that there.
Apologies, I went off on one there. The highlight of the gallery was a work by Otobong Nkanga and his integrated voice and sculpture installation. Essentially it's a load of big concrete balls attached together by ropes and as you walk around the room each ball says something about the mental health and social pressures of modern day life. A genuinely moving display....still not art though. But that is the beauty of art, it's subjective to the core.
You could easily spend upwards of two-and-a-half hours in here. I'm not going to sit here and write about the piece after piece and what you should see. As for what might have tickled my interest, might kick your guts. Whatever you do, go and enjoy exploring the output of some of the worlds most creative minds. You can give them that at least.
Take it easy,