From the reopening of its main entrance – complete with a stained glass window by Richard Wright – to a tea and coffee spoon designed for the café by London-based German sculptor Nicole Wermers, Tate Britain has released more details of its £45 million new look.
Officially arriving on November 19, the redesign of the oldest part of the Grade II building, by architects Caruso St John, follows the nine new galleries opened at Millbank in May.
© Tate, courtesy Caruso St John
Intriguingly, the tables and seating will be given a new spin based upon the British arts and crafts designers active in 1897 – the founding year of the gallery.
As well as Wright’s window and Wermers’ spoon – sold in the shop and used in the café – Alan Johnston will make a ceiling drawing for the public café, standing under the circular balcony of the domed atrium of the Rotunda which has been closed to visitors for almost a century.
A spiral staircase will lead the way to new spaces including the reopened Whistler Restaurant, which contains Whistler’s mural, The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats, made in 1926-7.
Tate’s extensive archive of ephemera and letters left behind by artists will be placed in a new archive gallery, with the first display, by Turner Prize nominee Paul Noble, drawing on Tate Britain’s penitentiary past.