Home of the brave

(K. Brent Tomer),

THE view north from the top of Tate Modern’s new twisted ten-storey extension (pictured), which opens on June 17th, is among the finest in London: a perfectly aligned panorama of St Paul’s Cathedral in all its Baroque beauty. And such is the democracy of the museum that the public will get to enjoy it too, from a generous balcony that wraps right around the building. They won’t have to pay. They won’t even have to look at any art on the way up. “Museums now are places where people come to meet each other and have a conversation and a good time,” says Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Galleries. “I’m happy about that.”

The eating and meeting places have been part of Tate’s appeal ever since this former power station, converted by Herzog and de Meuron, a Swiss firm, opened in 2000. People flock to the projects in the Turbine Hall, among them Carsten Holler’s scream-inducing slides and Olafur Eliasson’s Weather Project emulating the glory of the rising sun. With over 5m visitors a year, twice the number going to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and with only half the exhibition space, an extension quickly became…Continue reading

via K. Brent Tomer CFTC Home of the brave


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