Tate Modern Tour

Explore Tate Modern, the powerhouse of Modern Art

Tate Modern, London’s gallery of international modern art, is one of the most visited art spaces in the world. Housed in a converted power station designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, the architect who designed the iconic red telephone box! The building is located on the south bank of the river Thames, boasting spectacular views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the skyscrapers of the City of London.

The Tate Modern collection consists of art dating from 1900 to the present day and is organised in four themed displays:

  • Poetry and Dream
  • Making Traces
  • Energy and Process
  • Structure and Clarity

Highlights among the extensive collection include:

  • Pablo Picasso’s Weeping Woman – a painting-manifesto protesting against the horrors of the Spanish Civil War
  • Salvador Dali’s Autumnal Cannibalism – a work that explores conflict on both a personal and national level
  • Giuseppe Penone’s Tree of 12 Metres – a sculptural relief statement concerning our relationship with the environment
  • Richard Serra’s Trip Hammer – a site-specific sculpture linked to the history of engineering and industrialisation
  • Mark Rothko’s Seagram Murals – a series of abstract expressionist paintings commissioned by the Four Seasons restaurant in New York. Upon completion, the artist refused to deliver the paintings, paid back the commission money and gave them to Tate Modern instead. Famously described as ‘apocalyptic wallpaper’, they are now among the most prized artworks in the collection

Some of the works can be challenging to understand at first glance so let one of our London Blue Badge Tourist Guides bring these amazing pieces to life. They will help you to explore some of the 20th century’s most radical and exciting art movements:

  • Minimalism
  • Cubism
  • Arte Povera
  • Surrealism
  • Abstract expressionism

A Tate Modern tour with a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide can be taken as a standalone tour or easily combined with nearby attractions such as:

  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Borough Market
  • St Paul’s Cathedral

Simply input your tour request details in the form below. When you have finished, hit the Green ‘Submit to Match’ button. Your request will be instantly emailed to three highly qualified and enthusiastic London Blue Badge Tourist Guides, matching your criteria. They will then email you confirming availability, pricing and suggestions for the tour itself. So let one of our 500+ Blue Badge Tourist Guides make your stay in London a special one.

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