Tate Modern turns 20

Tate Modern

Twenty years ago today, Tate opened its new museum dedicated to Modern and contemporary art in a former power station in Bankside in South London. Tate Modern was born and would change the landscape of Londons art scene. To mark the anniversary, we have searched our archive for some of our favourite articles on the institution.

Ahead of the grand opening, we interviewed the three curators responsible for the collections radical thematic installation—Tate Modern director Lars Nittve, head of exhibitions and displays Iwona Blazwick, and Tate Modern senior curator Frances Morris. We also reviewed the new museums cafe offerings, from its excellent fish and chips to its disappointingly dry chicken breast. Since then, Tate Modern has become one of the citys perennially most popular art spaces, leading it to further expand in 2016 with a £260m Herzog & de Meuron-designed brick-clad ziggurat known as the Switch House. The institutions former director, Nicholas Serota, who oversaw this great transformation, spoke to us about what it took to shape a museum for the 21st century.

And before coronavirus derailed programming at museums around the world, Tate Modern had been planning to celebrate its milestone birthday with several exhibitions and special projects due to open today, including a year-long exhibition dedicated to YaRead More – Source