We often forget how lucky we are in London with the amount of incredible galleries and museums that are free to the public. One of the top of our list would have to be the institution that is Tate Modern.
The former Bankside Power Station was selected as the gallery site in 1994. The following year, Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron were appointed to convert the building into a gallery which opened in 2000. That their proposal retained much of the original character of the building was a key factor in this decision.
It was one place that we would take time out of our weekends and just wander through the permanent collection for hours at a time, like a great movie or book every time you walk through it again you find a new detail that you never noticed before.
It is where we saw some of the work of our favourite artists for the first time Tracey Emin, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin and Gerhard Richter to name a few. Aside from their permanent collection they have had some stunning exhibitions on there with everyone from Ai Weiwei to Wolfgang Tillmans and Olafur Eliasson
It is such a difficult time for all galleries at the moment, relying on tourism and footfall that is not possible at the moment. Wether it is Tate or even your local gallery be sure to support them whenever and wherever you can so they can keep making these spaces available to the public in the future.
What has been your favourite Tate exhibition or favourite piece in their permanent collection? Let us know in the comments below.⠀