Tate Britain

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Tate Britain
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The home of British art from 1500 to the present day. Tate Britain holds the largest collection of British art in the world. Walk through the history of British art from 1500 to the present day. See masterpieces by J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, John Everett Millais, as well as outstanding modern and contemporary art from Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney and Bridget Riley – to name a few. Tate Britain showcases cutting edge British art through its temporary exhibitions and annual art commission.
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Neighborhood: Pimlico
Time spent in Pimlico is a slower-paced affair than most other Central London neighborhoods. This largely residential area orderly arranged beside the Thames, is a treasure trove of quaint pubs, subtle architectural charms and local boutiques. Here, art lovers thrill at the chance to visit the world class Tate Britain gallery for its collection of British art from the 1500s to the present. For peace and quiet and some downtime spent along the Thames, Pimlico is highly recommended.
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Terry L
Ashford, UK107 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
We booked for the Hogarth exhibition but also booked earlier to look at a few of our favourite paintings beforehand. Sadly there was a fire drill as we arrived which meant a lot of waiting outside. The staff were excellent, friendly, knowledgeable and keen to help. Well done Tate!
The exhibition was one of the best laid out, easiest to follow and most enjoyable I’ve been to. I’m so glad we came
Written January 13, 2022
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London, UK13 contributions
Jan 2022
An excellent exhibition, wonderfully and sensitively curated with thought- provoking commentaries next to the works on display. There‘s a rich store of paintings and prints on show, covering not only Hogarth but also many of his European contemporaries, and it‘s worth taking a couple of hours to wander through all the rooms. The themes, topics and motifs are all well grouped together and explained in a way which makes it easy to engage with the art work. Some of the criticisms in the press reviews, reflected in the comments below about the commentaries accompanying the art work, are rather beside the point : whether or not you agree with the explanations accompanying the works (and I tend to agree that one or two of them perhaps over-interpret the art) they make you think about Hogarth‘s art, the artistic and intellectual milieu in which Hogarth moved, the social attitudes of his day, and the way in which these may (or may not - you be the judge) be reflected in his work. A superb and ground- breaking exhibition which I would thoroughly recommend.
Written January 7, 2022
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Biological woman
Tunbridge Wells28 contributions
Dec 2021
I’m a fan of Tate Britain, and was looking forward to seeing the collection of Hogarth’s work at the latest exhibition. I expected to read informed social commentaries on his work by professional historians. I wanted an insight into the life and times of the period. I was very disappointed, however, by the written commentaries, which seemed to be overlaid with critical race theory; every work featuring a black person was interpreted as being symbolic of white privilege. Even the portrayal of the black man who had done well for himself was effectively written off as an Uncle Tom. Nasty race-baiting commentaries by ill-informed axe-grinding wokesters. Shame on you, Tate Britain.

No wonder Time Out gave this exhibition 2 stars - I can only suggest that the commentaries on Hogarth’s work are re-written using properly qualified historians so that visitors get some value for money instead of being forced to read this drivel.
Written January 2, 2022
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Adam Saun
York, UK181 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
A stunning museum with lots of interesting artwork and sculptures. I particularly enjoyed the area where you view a timeline of art, from the 1960s to the present day.
Written December 27, 2021
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Pontypridd, UK14 contributions
Dec 2021
I love the Tate, and visit whenever time allows. The permanent collection is always a joy to view. I'm also a great admirer of Hogarth's work, so had to make a special visit to view the exhibition of his work.
The artwork never disappoints, but the experience was somewhat tarnished by the commentaries attached to some of the artwork, which seemed to be obsessed with finding a racist/slavery related angle to the art. Viewing 18th century art through a 'woke' 21st century lens is tiresome.
Even more annoying were the 'racial' comments attached to Sir Stanley Spencer's wonderful 'The Resurrection, Cookham'. Damned if you do, damned if you don't, it would seem.
Written December 15, 2021
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Inverness, UK584 contributions
Dec 2021
Not having been to the gallery for at least 20 years, this was a real disappointment. The Tate has in its collection some of finest paintings produced by British artists over the years and yet so much of its greatest works were not on display. No doubt some will be out on loan, but how depressing to see just one panel of John Martin's astonishing "The Last Judgement" triptych on display and relegated to high up on the wall in the corner where it was impossible to see the incredible imagination and detail Martin packed into his huge paintings.

The Tate "brand" has massive display space at Tate Modern, so why oh why does Tate Britain have room after room of modern stuff of dubious merit on display? If folk want to see that style of art then let them go to Tate Modern and leave Tate Britain for those who appreciate the skills and vision of the great artists who paint and sculpt in a style that requires a keen eye and high technical skill. This would allow for rather more of the nation's great works of art to come out of hiding.

It was telling that when I was there, the modern galleries seemed to be treated mainly as corridors with only a handful of folk stopping to look in any detail. In order to reach the Turner galleries one had to pass the open room filled with Rothko's pieces. Passing there and back, there was nobody looking at these drab bits of so-called art.
Written December 14, 2021
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Guildford, UK243 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
I really enjoyed visiting the gallery this week. Lots of beautiful and intriguing art to see and experience. Free entry and book your tickets in advance. Great location near Vauxhall Station. Can’t wait to visit again soon.
Written December 11, 2021
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Stockton-on-Tees, UK127 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
This review is specifically for the Hogarth exhibition . I really like Hogarth so why was this so bad?
I’d asked at the main desk if there was an audio for this and they said there wasn’t , if only that had been true!(not that the text on the walls was great either ) - so what was the problem? Well, if you see yourself as ‘woke’ then none whatsoever, in fact you’ll think you’re in seventh heaven. However, if you’re not obsessed by race and slavery etc then you’ll find yourself at best distracted and at worst furious with some of the drivel offered up. The low point comes up fairly early on with a description of a wooden chair that is beyond parody.
Written December 1, 2021
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Stevenage, UK78 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Always great to visit. Great selection of paintings. Would be good to have on the website about paintings from the collection which are out on loan elsewhere. Nice building. Clean and well staffed. Café rather limited selection but acceptable for a snack. Toilets fine.
Written November 25, 2021
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Sheffield, UK1,409 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
This was our first visit since we’ll before the pandemic and it was a delight. The museum’s as well organised as ever (online ticketing, directions from the Tube, access and security arrangements, good cafe and cloakroom) and it made it really easy to concentrate on a fascinating and wide-ranging exhibition. Lots of Hogarth’s paintings and prints, displayed alongside works by a wide range of European contemporaries - illustrating really well the parallel developments and artistic currents across Northern Europe and an increasing interest in social realism. It’s a really well-curated exhibition too with ample descriptive and contextual information about the individual works and some of the series of paintings (eg The Harlot’s Progress and The Rake’s Progress), including some fascinating large maps of London, Paris, Amsterdam and Venice in the mid-18th century, then some of the largest cities in the world. Really well worth an extended visit.
Written November 20, 2021
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