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Tate Art Gallery

Tate Modern Art Gallery, London
Tate Modern Art Gallery, London
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The Tate Art Gallery in London, is really a collection of several galleries. In London, Tate Britain houses the  collection of British art from 1500. The main abstract art collections are housed in the Tate Modern art gallery in what used to be an old power station on the south bank of the River Thames.

Tate art gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK
Tate St. Ives
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British abstract art is featured at the Tate St. Ives in Cornwall and the Tate Liverpool features modern and contemporary art and special exhibitions.

The Tate Art Gallery Collections

Tate Modern

The collection at Tate Modern is one of the most inspiring collections of abstract modern art in the world. Every major art movement from Fauvism onwards is represented in this London art gallery. The Tate Modern has one of the best collections of surrealism and a particular highlight is the work of Mark Rothko whose Seagram murals are in the collection.

The gallery also holds plenty of examples of abstract expressionism art including some Jackson Pollock paintings and also has significant collections of Pop art and conceptual art.

Tate St. Ives, Cornwall

When you go through the entrance of the Tate St. Ives, you are greeted by the amazing colors of the stained glass window by british abstract artist Patrick Heron. This gallery presents a fantastic collection of British abstract art, in the context of Cornwall, featuring the work of the St. Ives and Newlyn School painters and sculptors. Particular highlights are the work of Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, Peter Lanyon and of course Patrick Heron.

Tate Highlights

The Tate art gallery website is extensive. It has all the info you need to plan a visit. But for any trip to the Tate, here’s our list of top “must sees”:

  1. The Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern
  2. The stunning collection of surrealist works in “Surrealism and Beyond” in Level 3 Room 2 “Poetry and Dream”
  3. The room devoted to Agnes Martin on Level 3 (“Material Gestures”)
  4. The room containing Claude Monet’s waterlilies hanging with a Rothko, a Pollock and a Joan Mitchell (Claude Monet and Abstract Expressionism)
Tate Modern Turbine Hall
the Tate Modern Turbine Hall
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