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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Op & Kinetic Art

Today we arrive Tate Modern – Op & Kinetic Art, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

This gallery showcases tendencies of geometric abstraction in visual art. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

  1. Alphabet Square, 1967, by Hansjörg Mayer
  2. Ambiguous Structure No.92, 1969, by Jean-Pierre Yvaral
  3. Physichromie No. 113, 1963, by Carlos Cruz-Diez
image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum : Op art & Kinetic art

  • Tate Modern’s art collection showcases different tendencies and styles that have appeared in Modern and Contemporary Art. Op art and Kinetic art are two important movements in this regard.
  • Op art is short for Optical art. As the name suggests, it focuses on how objects are perceived, in a visual context. Op artists often used geometric shapes and simple patterns to create optical illusions in their works. Giving an illusion of movement, or making a canvas look three dimensional. Such was the fascination of Op artists.
  • In a similar vein, Kinetic art focuses on the inclusion of movement in visual art. Artists would either create an illusion of movement. Or then employ static as well as mobile elements in their works.
  • Both these movements adopted an abstract vocabulary.

A Final Thought :

The Tate Modern does not house the largest collection of Contemporary Art in the world. But it is still considered as one of the best museums in this regard. Why? Because it has such a diverse range of works under one roof. A complete art novice will be able to familiarise themselves with numerous styles and subjects relating to Contemporary art, in a limited time. This is what makes Tate Modern such a fabulous space for art exploration.


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.

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