The Tate galleries owe their existence to Sir Henry Tate and his art collection. Today we arrive Tate Modern – Joseph Beuys, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.
Joseph Beuys is a prominent Conceptual & Fluxus artist from the 60s. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!
1. La Rivoluzione Siamo Noi, 1972, by Joseph Beuys
2. Deutsche Zeitung. ‘Was Kann ich Tun?’, 1972, by Joseph Beuys
3. 7000 oak trees, 1982, by Joseph Beuys
Some fun facts about the Museum :
- Tate Modern in London is one of the top art museums in the world. It attracts millions of visitors – local and international – every year.
- The gallery is named after Sir Henry Tate. He was an English sugar merchant and philanthropist.
- A wealthy man, around 1889, Sir Henry Tate donated 65 works of art to the British government, and also donated 80,000 GBP for the construction of an appropriate site to display the art. This money was used to set up the National Gallery of British Art, which is today known as Tate Britain.
- While Tate Britain focuses on British art through the ages, Tate Modern was set up with the view to house an international collection of modern and contemporary art. The works date from the 19th century to present day.
- It is fascinating to know that Tate Modern was one of the first museum’s in the world to display their collection thematically, rather than chronologically. This allowed for visitors to create their own dialogues and links with the collection as they traversed through it.
A Final Thought : The Collection of Sir Henry Tate
The Tate galleries have come a long way since the genesis of the National Gallery of British Art. For its revolutionised way of displaying art, Tate Modern has come to be recognised as a kind of Mecca for artists, art students and art lovers across the globe.
Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there.