It’s big, it’s good, it’s free – pick any three you want! There is always something great going on at the Tate – their permanent collection is fine but we like their special exhibitions better, it’s a mix of old classics rediscovered (think: De Stijl artist Van Doesburg) to new stars put in the limelight for the first time (such as Francis Alys, Gabriel Orozco etc).
The impressive building – it’s a reconverted power station – is an event in itself. The keys to the ‘turbine hall’ – the gigantic ground-floor foyer – are regularly given to a famous artist (stand-out installations include Anish Kapoor’s massive red PVC giant horn or more recently Ai WeiWei’s moving Sunflowers Seeds. (We like this video showing IOCOSE’s rather prankish ‘Sunflower Seeds on Sunflower Seeds’.)
Finish your visit with a well deserve cuppa tea on the top floor’s cafe – the view over the Thames and London completes the picture.
The Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG
Entry to permanent exhibition - free!