The Tate Modern: My first stop was the Tate Modern which I was instantly intrigued to visit after walking past it on one of my London Alive tours. The gallery was established in 2000, and the modern structure of the institution overall, was a fresh view in comparison to some of the older architecture that is a staple of a London visit. The Tate Modern holds art from across various mediums, dating from the 1900's on.
Collection displays can be found on the 3rd and the 5th floor and are part of the institutions permanent exhibits. The 3rd level includes displayed collections entitled "Material Gestures" and "Poetry and Dream." Here, I found paintings and sculptures dating back to the 1940's and 1950's, including works by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. I found myself most interested in the "Poetry and Dream" collection, specifically the work by Francis Bacon entitled "Three Studies for Figures at the Base of Crucifixion" which displays images of half-human, half-animal beings that appear taunted by something in front of them. Here is a close-up of one of them. All interpretations are welcome as I don't know entirely what to think of the below.
I also enjoyed paying a small fee to view the traveling exhibit located on the 4th floor of the gallery. This exhibit is entitled "Street and Studio" and includes 350 photos and portraits from all over the world. One of my favorites rooms in this exhibit, was room number 7, which displayed works by Walker Evans, who discretely hid a camera and photographed passengers on a New York subway.
Tate Britain: The Tate Britain's origins date back to 1897 and was originally called the National Gallery of British Art. The gallery was made officially responsible for the national collection in 1917, responsible for international modern art and British art dating back to the 1500's.