Today we arrive Tate Modern – Lorna Simpson, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.
Lorna Simpson is best known for her Conceptual photography. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!
1. Twenty Questions (a sample), 1986 by Lorna Simpson
2. Five Day Forecast, 1991, by Lorna Simpson
3. Photo Booth, 2008, by Lorna Simpson
Some fun facts about the Museum :
- The Tate Modern is housed in what used to be a power station. Around 1995, Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron were tasked with converting the building into a gallery – worthy of some of the best contemporary art in the world. The architects however decided against revamping the entire complex. This is the reason for the gallery’s unapologetically industrial aesthetic that we see today.
- The original power station was build in the 40s and 60s. The turbine hall – beloved to all visitors of the Tate Modern – was part of this original construction.
- In 1996, a grant of GBP 12 million from the English Partnerships regeneration agency was used to purchase the site and make adjustments to accommodate the art. All the heavy machinery was removed.
- When the Tate Modern opened in 2000, it saw over 5 million visitors that year.
A Final Thought
The best part about the Tate Modern – apart from of course the iconic works of art that it houses – is that entry is free. The permanent collection is accessible to all free of cost. And as and when special exhibitions are organised, people can book their tickets and are charged for entry. This system greatly encourages people from all over the world to visit the Tate.
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.