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Tate Modern is Britain's national museum of modern art.

Housed in the former Bankside Power Station, Tate Modern displays the Tate collection of international modern art from 1900 to the present day.

Since it opened in May 2000, more than 40 million people have visited Tate Modern. It is one of the UK’s top three tourist attractions and generates an estimated £100 million in economic benefits to London annually.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Open Sunday-Thursday, 10.00-1800 and Fri & Sat 10.00-22.00

Closed 24-26 December

Admission charges

Collection displays - free
Exhibitions - various


  • International Council of Museums

Tate Modern's collection displays include major works by Dalí, Picasso, Matisse, Rothko and Warhol as well as contemporary work by artists such as Dorothy Cross, Gilbert & George and Susan Hiller.

Collection details

Photography, Performing Arts, Fine Art, Film and Media, Archives

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Nam June Paik

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2016 *on now

This two-room display presents a selection of works by a pioneer of media art, Nam June Paik.

Paik used television as an artistic medium from the early 1960s and developed a unique style of video art based on technological innovation and creative experimentation. His work altered and transformed newly found technologies. Although art and technology were often seen as diametrically opposed to each other, Paik paved a way to integrate them.

Paik was born in South Korea and studied music in Japan and Germany. Influenced by and working alongside musicians such as John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and artists such as Joseph Beuys, he developed a great interest in electronic music and dada-inspired provocative aesthetics. Paik was also closely involved in the New York avant-garde and Fluxus, an informal international group of avant-garde artists active from the early 1960s to the late 1970s.

This display showcases the diversity of Paik’s practice, ranging from Can Car 1963, an early ready-made sculpture, to Nixon 1965–2002, which incorporates manipulated cathode-ray-tube televisions, and Bakelite Robot 2002, a humanoid machine sculpture. Based on his observations of everyday life and the increasing influence of mass-media, this group of works represents Paik’s visionary approach towards the future of art and his continued relevance to contemporary practice.



ARTIST ROOMS: Joseph Beuys – London

  • 23 November 2015 — 31 December 2016 *on now

German artist Joseph Beuys saw creativity as central to all aspects of human existence. As well as sculpture and performance, his work as an artist came to encompass social theory and political action.

Beuys’s activities became explicitly politicised in the 1970s. A series of confrontations with the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf over the number of students that he could admit to his class led to wider questions about accessibility to education and the relationship between ordinary people and authority.

In 1971 he founded a Free Academy and the more overtly political Organisation for Direct Democracy through Referendum. Beuys argued that social decision-making should be made by the people through referendums rather than elected political parties. It was this concept of ‘direct democracy’ that he explored in his Information Action at the Tate in 1972, from which three of the blackboards shown here are taken. Later he became involved in the German Green Party and organised the planting of 7000 oak trees around the city of Kassel.



Bhupen Khakhar

  • 1 June — 6 November 2016 *on now

Bhupen Khakhar (1934–2003) played a central role in modern Indian art and was a recognised international figure in twentieth century painting. Active from the 1960s, Khakhar was part of a lively new wave of narrative painting and figuration by artists in India that became known as the Baroda School.

His practice evolved from the careful study of art from South Asian and European sources, even while he continued to work as an accountant part-time. After early experiments with Pop art, Khakhar developed a style of painting that combined both high and low, popular and painterly aesthetics, cleverly subverting popular iconography. He confronted complex and provocative themes with candour: class difference; desire and homosexuality; and his personal battle with cancer. Also a writer, his critical observations and literary sensibility were evident in his sharp, often ironic depictions of difficult subjects.



close up painting of white rose

Georgia O’Keeffe

  • 6 July — 30 October 2016 *on now

Tate Modern will present a major retrospective of the American modernist artist Georgia O’Keeffe, a century after her New York debut. The exhibition is the first important solo institutional exhibition of the artist’s work in the UK for a generation. This ambitious and wide-ranging overview will review O’Keeffe’s work in depth and reassess her place in the canon of twentieth-century art, situating her within artistic circles of her own generation and indicating her influence on artists of subsequent generations.

A key aspect of the exhibition will be to consider O’Keeffe’s professional and personal relationship with Alfred Stieglitz; photographer, modern art promoter and the artist’s husband. While Stieglitz afforded O’Keeffe access to the most current developments in avant-garde art, she employed these influences and opportunities to her own objectives. Her keen intellect, as well as her forceful and resolute character, created a fruitful relationship that was, though sometimes conflictive, one of reciprocal influence and exchange.


Adult £19.00 (without donation £17.20)

Concession £17.00 (without donation £15.40)



Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

  • 12 July 2016 — 22 October 2017 *on now

A rare opportunity to see the art which established ‘Black Art’ within America’s history.

Spanning the period 1963–83, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power explores how the category ‘Black Art’ was defined, rejected and redefined by artists across the United States. Most of the works are on display in the UK for the first time and introduce the UK audience to American artists such as Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Lorraine O’Grady and Betye Saar, alongside prominent British Guyanese painter Frank Bowling who was resident in New York much of this time.

Beginning with the establishment of Spiral art collective in 1963, the exhibition explores how debate raged among and beyond African American visual artists as to what it meant to make and show art, who it was for and how to relate it to the Civil Rights movement and other campaigns for racial empowerment.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


FREE for Members
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The EY Exhibition: Wifredo Lam

  • 14 September 2016 — 8 January 2017 *on now

Wifredo Lam’s work lies between East and West, Surrealism and tradition, Africa and the Caribbean, Europe and America. Lam’s career covers academic training in 1920’s Madrid, an encounter with Cubism and Surrealism in Paris, collaboration with André Breton and others in Marseille in 1940–1, and his engagement with Caribbean intellectuals in Martinique, Haiti and Cuba during and after the Second World War. His work which defined new ways of painting for the New World, was greeted with consternation and acclaim in New York. Later in his career he worked alongside Fontana and the Situationists in Europe during the 1960s.

Tracing a career of fifty years, this exhibition is made in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Reina Sofia in Madrid. It is the first museum exhibition in London since 1952 of this artist’s work and confirms Wifredo Lam’s place at the centre of global modernism.



Hyundai Commission 2016: Philippe Parreno

  • 4 October 2016 — 2 April 2017 *on now

This artist known for creating dramatic sensory journeys takes on the second commission for the Turbine Hall.

Working across film, video, sound, sculpture, performance and information technology, Parreno explores the borders between reality and fiction. A key artist of his generation, he is known for investigating and redefining the gallery-going experience. By creating kaleidoscopic environments, he treats exhibitions as one coherent whole rather than a series of objects within a space.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection

  • 10 November 2016 — 7 May 2017

Iconic photographs from one of the world’s greatest private collections.

This major exhibition presents an unrivalled selection of classic modernist images from the 1920s to the 1950s – a crucial moment in the history of photography. In this period of rapid change, photography offered a new means to communicate and represent the world. Street life and the modern metropolis were explored through the camera, while well-known genres such as the portrait, nude and still life were reimagined.

Featuring over 150 rare vintage prints, the exhibition offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see remarkable works by seminal figures such as Man Ray, André Kertész, Berenice Abbott, Alexandr Rodchenko and Edward Steichen, telling the story of photography from the period for the first time in the UK.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Adult £16.50 (without donation £14.50)
Concession £14 (without donation £12.70)
Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)
Family tickets available (two adults and two children 12–18 years) by telephone or in the gallery



Robert Rauschenberg

  • 1 December 2016 — 2 April 2017

The first US artist to win the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1963, Robert Rauschenberg blazed a new trail for art in the second half of the twentieth century. This exhibition at Tate Modern will be the first posthumous retrospective of Robert Rauschenberg’s work in the UK, as well as the first comprehensive exhibition in almost twenty years.

Moving between painting, sculpture, photography, print-making, installation and performance, he refused to accept conventional boundaries in art and in life, his quest for innovation fired by his boundless curiosity, enthusiasm for collaboration and passion for travel.

Bringing together a tightly edited selection of key works from different periods, Robert Rauschenberg will provide a long overdue opportunity to discover a remarkably consistent artistic trajectory which steadfastly refused to be straight-jacketed by rules and conventions.



Wolfgang Tillmans

  • 15 February — 11 June 2017

From intimate still-lifes and portraits, to images that address vital political issues, explore the photographs of this groundbreaking artist.

Since the early 1990s, Wolfgang Tillmans has earned recognition as one of the most exciting and innovative artists working today.

While he made his name as a photographer, he has achieved equal acclaim for his investigations of abstract photography, including works made without a camera, and prints that take on a three-dimensional, sculptural quality. Taking the year 2003 as the point of departure, this exhibition focuses on Tillman’s work in the 14 years since his major exhibition at Tate Britain and showcases all its facets, including his ‘expanded practice’: digital slide projections, publications, and curatorial projects and recorded music.

In addition, Tillmans will take over Tate Modern’s South Tank for ten days with, amongst others, an installation featuring live events.


FREE for Members
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  • 9 May — 10 September 2017

Fifty years since we first showed London his work, Giacometti returns to our galleries.

One of the few artists of the last century whose work is often more recognisable than his name, his distinctive elongated figures are inescapably linked to the post-War climate of existential despair.

This exhibition will focus on the influences that shaped Giacometti and the experimental way in which he developed his practice. The exhibition includes some never before seen plasters and drawings alongside more familiar bronze sculptures and oil paintings.

Tate has been given unparalleled access to the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti’s extraordinary collection and archive. From his first works of art through his Surrealist compositions, to the emergence of his mature style, Giacometti has rarely been explored this fully.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


FREE for Members
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Fahrelnissa Zeid

  • 7 June — 15 October 2017

Fahrelnissa Zeid was one of the most influential female Turkish artists.

Trained in both Paris and Istanbul, Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901–1991) is best known for her large-scale abstract paintings. Her abstract vocabulary has been described as a synthesis of Islamic, Byzantine, Arab and Persian influences combined with stylistic elements that were developed in Europe during the post-war period.

The exhibition examines the evolution of Zeid’s figurative and abstract work, the themes she pursued and the methods and materials she experimented with during her career. It also highlights the tension in the works and the complex patterns and influences that have dominated Zeid’s practice: dynamism, the desire to represent motion through painting and her obsession with geometrical details.

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  • Family friendly


FREE for Members
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Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

  • 10 October 2017 — 4 February 2018

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are Russian-born conceptual artists known for their pioneering large-scale environments and installations.

Deeply rooted in the visual culture of Soviet society and yet speaking equally to universal themes, this major exhibition explores the theme of failed utopia. Combining the artists’ characteristic use of melancholia, fictional characterisation and humour, the exhibition traces a line from Ilya Kabakov’s early paintings, drawings, albums and installations made in Moscow before his emigration to the West in 1987, to the collaborative projects made with Emilia in America since 1988, including immersive installations and architectural models.


FREE for Members
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Red Star Over Russia

  • 8 November 2017 — 18 February 2018

Discover how Russian and Soviet artists created their unique visual identity.

The year 2017 will mark the centenary of the October Revolution, which heralded a wave of innovation and design in Russia. In the years that followed 1917, as Russia became the Soviet Union, these early experiments and diverse practices formed a new visual culture for a nation that covered one sixth of the Earth.

Red Star Over Russia explores artworks made by Russian and Soviet artists over five decades, from the first revolution of 1905 to the death of Stalin in 1953. Rarely seen posters, photographs, and other graphic works from the David King Collection – now part of Tate – are on display, including work by El Lissitzky, Gustav Klutsis, Dmitri Moor, Alexander Deineka, Nina Vatolina and Yevgeny Khaldei.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


FREE for Members
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  • 22 November 2017 — 2 April 2018

The most comprehensive UK survey of Amedeo Modigliani’s work.

Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) produced some of the most memorable art of the early twentieth century. Born in Livorno, Italy and working in Paris from 1906, his career was tragically short but experimentation was a consistent priority.

Connecting biography with practice, and including works in different media, the exhibition places Modigliani’s work in dialogue with pieces by his contemporaries including Brancusi and early Picasso. His sculpture, portraiture, nudes and paintings of young peasants reveal a body of work that borrowed from – and contributed to – the visual culture of his time.

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  • Family friendly


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Schools and Teachers


All the resources you need for teaching art in the classroom, from Teachers' Packs to teacher training

BT series: Hear artists talk about their work


The BT Series is a unique initiative for Tate Online which lets you explore works by selected artists and ask about their work.
The BT Series has been developed with BT's creative design and filmmaking team. As exclusive sponsor of Tate Online, BT provides Tate with technological support, online broadcasting and hosting, and develops innovative projects like this.

Online Courses

Tate's new online course on Artists' Techniques and Methods is the first of a new selection of online courses to be launched over the next two years.

Online Study Days


The study days often relate closely to major exhibitions at Tate Modern or to key aspects of the curriculums taught at The Open University. Each study day is broken into a series of short presentations, which are supported with summary information and suggested further reading. The content will have most value for those with some existing knowledge in histories and theories of modern art.

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