The amazing extension to the Tate Modern gallery in London was opened in June 2016. Listen to (former) Director Nicholas Serota describe how this extraordinary building was designed to display art that is being created in new ways.
Tate Modern is one of the world’s most iconic contemporary art galleries and was created from a former power station, a stark industrial building on the banks of the River Thames. The new extension is built on the site of the former switch house and soars ten storeys high in a twisted, pyramid-like shape. It has been clad in 170,000 bricks to echo the materials used in the power station and sits above the enormous underground tanks originally used to store oil. These concrete lined spaces now display live art, film and installations. Serota explains why Tate Modern needed spaces dedicated to these new art forms and how they provide experiences for the whole body.
Tate Modern is a great place to visit if you are interested in architecture as well as contemporary art. Audio described tours and sonic trails are also available.