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.
Open Sunday-Thursday, 10.00-1800 and Fri & Sat 10.00-22.00
Closed 24-26 December
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.
Photography, Performing Arts, Fine Art, Film and Media, Archives
- 5 August 2019 — 5 July 2020 *on now
The largest UK exhibition of this influential artist, teacher and curator.
Tate Modern presents the work of Hungarian artist Dóra Maurer (born 1937) in a year-long free exhibition.
It brings together some 35 works, revealing the diversity of her output, including graphic works, photographs, films and paintings. Spanning more than five decades, the show highlights the playful conceptual approach that she brings to her experiments across all media.
Maurer was at the centre of an independent community of artists, poets and musicians that championed their own culture outside of the official Hungarian system during the socialist period. They organised exhibitions in apartments and published underground journals.
Trained as a graphic artist in the 1950s, Maurer pushed the medium to its limit in her experimental works of the following two decades. In the 1970s she started to work in photography and moving image, often collaborating with musicians, as well as teaching creative performative workshops. She developed increasingly geometric and abstract drawings and paintings in the 1970s and beyond. The exhibition culminates in a room of her recent paintings, in which overlapping colours create a sense of shapes floating in space..
Movement, displacement, perception and transformation have remained consistent threads in her work. Never tied down to one medium, Maurer remains a unique voice, constantly in motion.
This exhibition will include works from Tate’s collection, major loans from private collections and five works which are promised gifts to Tate.
Hyundai Commission: Kara Walker
- 2 October 2019 — 5 April 2020 *on now
Acclaimed artist Kara Walker presents one of the most ambitious Hyundai Commissions to date.
Fons Americanus is a 13-metre tall working fountain inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, London.
Rather than a celebration of the British Empire, Walker’s fountain explores the interconnected histories of Africa, America and Europe. She uses water as a key theme, referring to the transatlantic slave trade and the ambitions, fates and tragedies of people from these three continents. Fantasy, fact and fiction meet at an epic scale.
This commission has been made using an environmentally-conscious production process and has been built from recyclable or reusable cork, wood and metal. The surface covering is made from a non-toxic acrylic and cement composite that can be used for sculpting or casting. It avoids the use of large quantities of non-recyclable materials and harmful substances often found in the production of exhibitions and installations.
Based in New York, Kara Walker is acclaimed for her candid explorations of race, sexuality and violence. She is best known for her use of black cut-paper silhouetted figures, referencing the history of slavery and the antebellum South in the US through provocative and elaborate installations.
- 20 November 2019 — 15 March 2020 *on now
The most comprehensive retrospective of Dora Maar ever held.
During the 1930s, Dora Maar’s provocative photomontages became celebrated icons of surrealism.
Her eye for the unusual also translated to her commercial photography, including fashion and advertising, as well as to her social documentary projects. In Europe’s increasingly fraught political climate, Maar signed her name to numerous left-wing manifestos – a radical gesture for a woman at that time.
Her relationship with Pablo Picasso had a profound effect on both their careers. She documented the creation of his most political work, Guernica 1937. He painted her many times, including Weeping Woman 1937. Together they made a series of portraits combining experimental photographic and printmaking techniques.
In middle and later life Maar withdrew from photography. She concentrated on painting and found stimulation and solace in poetry, religion, and philosophy, returning to her darkroom only in her seventies.
This exhibition will explore the breadth of Maar's long career in the context of work by her contemporaries.
£13 / FREE for Members
Family child 12–18 years £5
Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)
- 13 February — 11 May 2020 *on now
Tate Modern presents the first major exhibition of Steve McQueen’s artwork in the UK for 20 years.
London is Steve McQueen’s home town and a place that continues to inspire him. This is the first major exhibition of his work here since he won the Turner Prize in 1999. It features 14 major works spanning film, photography and sculpture, including his first film shot on a Super 8 camera, Exodus 1992/97, and the recent End Credits 2012–ongoing, McQueen’s homage to the African-American singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson, which is on show for the first time in the UK. Spanning two decades of his career, the exhibition will reveal how McQueen’s pioneering approaches to filmmaking have expanded the ways in which artists work with the medium, creating poignant portraits of time and place.
Over the last 25 years Steve McQueen has created some of the most innovative works of moving image designed for gallery spaces. He has also directed four critically acclaimed feature films, including the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave.
This exhibition coincides with Steve McQueen: Year 3 at Tate Britain.
- 12 March — 6 September 2020
A new look at the extraordinary life and work of the pop art superstar.
Andy Warhol was the son of immigrants who became an American icon. A shy gay man who became the hub of New York’s social scene. An artist who embraced consumerism, celebrity and counter culture – and changed modern art in the process.
He was born in 1928 as Andrew Warhola to working class parents from present day Slovakia. In 1949 he moved from Pittsburgh to New York. Initially working as a commercial illustrator, his skill at transforming the imagery of American culture soon found its realisation in his ground-breaking pop art.
This major retrospective is the first Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern for almost 20 years. As well as his iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, it includes works never seen before in the UK. Twenty-five works from his Ladies and Gentlemen series – portraits of black and Latinx drag queens and trans women – are shown for the first time in 30 years. Visitors can also play with his floating Silver Clouds and experience the psychedelic multimedia environment of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable.
Popularly radical and radically popular, Warhol was an artist who reimagined what art could be in an age of immense social, political and technological change.
£22 / FREE for Members
Family child 12–18 years £5
Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)
BMW Tate Live Exhibition
- 20 — 29 March 2020
Faustin Linyekula, Okwui Okpokwasili and Tanya Lukin Linklater take over the Tanks at Tate Modern.
Three artists take over Tate Modern’s Tanks for ten days and six nights, for the fourth annual BMW Tate Live Exhibition.
Centring on his experiences of socio-political tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the work of Faustin Linyekula (b. 1974) blends theatre, dance and music to build circles of connection between him, his collaborators and the audience.
Taking place during gallery hours, Okwui Okpokwasili (b.1972) explores the structures of memory in her installation-based durational practice, engaging with the history of protest by Nigerian women.
Tanya Lukin Linklater's (b.1976) dance and installation-based work is informed by relationships within her Alutiiq and Cree family, conveyed through poetry and in material forms which become the foundation of her performance.
Each artist is concerned by how history is held in the body, and raise questions about shared memory, visibility and the porous boundaries of the ‘work of art’.
Performances and installations can be explored for free during the day. Additional ticketed performances will take place at night.
- 29 April — 18 October 2020
Tate Modern presents the first major mid-career survey of visual activist Zanele Muholi in the UK.
Born in South Africa, Muholi came to prominence in the early 2000s with photographs that sought to envision black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex lives beyond deviance or victimhood.
Muholi’s work challenges hetero-patriarchal ideologies and representations, presenting the participants in their photographs as confident and beautiful individuals bravely existing in the face of prejudice, intolerance and, frequently, violence.
While Muholi’s intimate photographs of others launched their international career, their intense self-portraits solidified it. This exhibition will present the full breadth of Muholi’s photographic and activist practice.
Exhibition organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, Gropius Bau, Berlin and Bildmuseet at Umeå University
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- 17 June — 13 September 2020
A rare opportunity to explore this extraordinary body of work.
In the 1960s and 70s, the Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz worked with woven sisal fibre to create towering hanging pieces that radically expanded the field of sculpture – she called them the Abakans.
Rarely exhibited together, the most significant Abakans will be brought together to occupy the open 64-metre-long gallery space of the Blavatnik Building at Tate Modern.
This exhibition will explore the relationships between the Abakans and a number of other key works, including War Games – wood and iron sculptures incorporating the trunks of felled trees. A selection of early textile pieces and her little-known drawings will also be shown.
Magdalena Abakanowicz was born in 1930 in Poland and came of age during the Second World War. Despite the restrictions of living in Poland under the Communist regime, she established a career as an international artist and her work is included in many public and private collections around the world.
Curated by Ann Coxon, Curator of International Art at Tate Modern and Mary Jane Jacob, Independent Curator with Dina Akhmadeeva, Assistant Curator, International Art.
Exhibition organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with the Toms Pauli Foundation at the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne
- 6 October 2020 — 17 January 2021
A journey through the ground-breaking works of this quintessential contemporary artist.
Bruce Nauman is a restlessly inventive artist. Since the late 1960s he has continually tested what an artwork can be, by reshaping old forms and creating new ones. His ground-breaking works using sound, film, video, neon, holograms and 3D have influenced generations of artists.
This is the first major exhibition of his work in London in more than 20 years. It will allow visitors to engage with the artist’s universe through immersive installations with a strong emphasis on sound and moving image, as well as poetic sculptures and neon pieces.
Major works like Double Steel Cage Piece 1974, Anthro/Socio (Rinde Spinning) 1991 and Contrapposto Split 2017 will highlight Nauman’s distinctive preoccupations and how he incessantly revisits them – yet never repeats himself.
Presented in the Eyal Ofer Galleries
Exhibition organised by Tate Modern and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in collaboration with Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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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.
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.
Schools and Teachers
All the resources you need for teaching art in the classroom, from Teachers' Packs to teacher training