A Trip to the Tate Modern
The Tate Modern is hands-down my favourite modern and contemporary art gallery.
I used to escape here on weekends back when I still lived in London. Walking into the massive turbine hall some 15 years later has brought back a lot of memories for me.
The building itself is a rather imposing structure (hey, it is an old power station after all), but it really is the perfect space for London’s best contemporary work. If you’re ever in London, a visit to the Tate Modern is a must.
My favourite works from this visit? The classics like all of Andy Warhol’s pieces, Matisse’s ‘The Snail’, Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ and Monet’s ‘Water-Lilies’ and Picasso, obviously.
In terms of more recent works, I really enjoyed ‘Babel’ by Clido Meireles. The large-scale sculptural installation takes the form of a circular tower made from hundreds of second-hand analogue radios which have been stacked in layers. The radios are tuned to a multitude of different stations and are adjusted to the minimum volume (so you can hear them). The result is a cacophony of low, continuous sound, resulting in inaccessible information, voices and music. Another favourite was El Anatsui’s ‘Ink Splash II’ — a massive mural made entirely out of flattened aluminium bottle tops.