New Tate Modern open its doors

The new Tate Modern image 3 © Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron

Tate Modern reveals its new 10-storey extension with a weekend of events celebrating this icon of modern art.

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The new Tate Modern  © Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron

When it opened in 2000 in a former power station Tate Modern on London’s Bankside was the most visited attraction in London and has gone on to become the world’s most popular gallery of modern art.

Today, it’s set yo get even bigger, as it new extension – the most important cultural building to open in Britain for almost 20 years – is unveiled to the public
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New Tate modern will have 60 per cent more display space and feature over 250 artists from around 50 countries as the Turbine Hall will become the heart of the new gallery, surrounded by the existing six-storey Boiler House and the new 10-storey Switch House, created by world-leading architects Herzog & de Meuron.

It will offer a variety of spaces for visitors and for art – from a new home for live art in the Tanks, to a panoramic roof terrace overlooking the London skyline and a new fine-dining restaurant.

Celebration to mark the opening include a three weeks programme of free art, and the new The Tanks – the world’s first museum spaces dedicated to live art – will also host new performance commissions running every day from 17 June to 3 July, highlighting the place of live art in the 21st-century museum.

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The new Tate Modern © Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron
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The new Tate Modern © Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron

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