UBS Openings: Tate Modern Collection consists of four wings on Levels 3 and 5 of the gallery. At the heart of each wing is a large central display, or ‘hub’, which focuses on one of the pivotal moments of twentieth-century art history. The four hubs feature Surrealism, Minimalism, post-war abstraction in Europe and the US, and the three linked movements: Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism. Around the focal points, a range of displays move backwards and forwards in time, showing the predecessors and sometimes the opponents of each movement, as well as how they shaped and informed subsequent developments and contemporary art. The introductory room in each wing bring together work by artists from different generations, to reflect this ongoing dialogue between past and present.
Scratching your chin over modern and contemporary art? Ever wonder why Jackson Pollock is called Jack the Dripper or why there are no cubes in Cubism? At the new Learning Zone, overlooking the Turbine Hall on Level 5, you can try a range of hands-on games, multimedia interactives and watch a short film about the displays of the Tate Collection, hanging nearby in the galleries on Levels 3 and 5. ‘Meet the Artists’ features a selection of video clips of artists working or discussing their work, and ‘Art in Focus’ looks closely at the four main movements featured in the rehang: Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. There is also a spot to sit down and read a selection of books about the Tate, individual artists, and movements.
The Learning Zone is bursting with ideas and activities to help you get to know more about twentieth-century art and artists.
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Tate Modern's Multimedia Guide is a unique way for visitors to find out more about the Collections Displays. Holding a small computer as you walk through the galleries, you can see videos and still images that provide additional context for the art, take part in interactive games, listen to commentaries, and play art-related music.
Price: £2 (£1 concessions)