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Reviewed May 20, 2015

If you're visiting London between now and August 9th and are a lover of modern art then you MUST go see the Sonia Delaunay show at the Tate Modern. Expertly curated, the museum did a fantastic job of showcasing the work and myriad talents of an extraordinary and prolific artist.

While a visit to the Tate Modern is technically free, special exhibitions like this one are NOT, so be prepared. Also, this particular show will set you back £14.50 per Adult (roughly $25 in May 2015).

Also, visitors have 30 minutes from the time they purchase a ticket to enter the exhibition which is something I've never encountered before.

Still it was so worth it, Sonia stuns! And independently of this exhibition the Tate Modern is wonderful; the architecture and industrial feel are great and you can't beat the views of the Thames and St. Peter's across the Millennium Bridge.

1  Thank iamjoelle
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Reviewed May 20, 2015

Went to the Sonia Delauney exhibition, very interesting, not an artist I was familiar with.
Coffee always good. restaurant has amazing views and food was good service a bit functional, they had a couple of large parties in which seemed to throw things out somewhat.
Always a good location for a walk along the river before or after, we caught the tate boat down to Tate Modern

Thank Meg995
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Reviewed May 20, 2015

12 different rooms from each period in her life, which was reflected very much in her artwork. Very vibrant at some stages, darker in others and fun when she began designing fabrics and clothes.

We went on a Saturday afternoon and whilst it was busy in the Tate in general, the exhibition was well spaced out so you weren't in other people's way, nor were they in yours.

Would love to know who planned the exhibition though and had the idea of putting up a triptych that she had painted - but with two panels on one wall and the third on another! Not sure that's how she wanted it looked at.

Thank Nicole S
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Reviewed May 19, 2015

A fantastic museum but also a very happening place, combining arts (dance), cultural activities, restaurant, views. The collection of modern art is first rate! Not to be missed. Many works by the great artists of the 20th century. Take your time here, plan to spend several hours.

Thank Mark G
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Reviewed May 19, 2015

I first visited the Tate Modern in 2002 during the time when Anish Kapoor’s installation “Marsyas” was featured in the enormous turbine hall. I spent most of the day wandering the galleries there and was absolutely blown away by the collection.

This time … not so much.

The first disappointment came when we found the turbine hall empty. They’ve had so many wonderful installations over the years that it was a huge let-down to see it like this. I was told that they were between sponsors and presently working out a deal with a certain car manufacturer. Oh well.

The second disappointment came when we found out the two galleries on the third floor were special exhibits you had to pay to enter, and that they were featuring work by two artists I have no interest in … Sonia Delaunay (shrug) and Marlene Dumas (yawn). So, we essentially had the just the two galleries on the second floor and the two galleries on the fourth floor to experience.

The gallery featuring work by the surrealists was definitely worth seeing. Dali, Tanguy, Magritte, Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, and Man Ray were all represented and I was happy to see the real thing instead of seeing it in a book … but the gallery obviously needs a fresh coat of paint. I also thought the lighting could have been better. The gallery had an overall dingy atmosphere.

There were a few nice pieces here and there in the other galleries. We saw some very nice work by Francis Bacon, Richard Serra, Donald Judd, Gerhard Richter, and George Condo, as well as a few other lesser known artists. There was also quite a bit of Dreck on display. It was very disappointing to see that they actually wasted an entire room on Cy Twombly.

So, I guess the highs and the lows all balance out to about three stars. Perhaps they’ll have a better selection on view when the gorgeous new wing opens later next year.

BTW – We finished the galleries early enough to beat the lunch crowd and grab a bite at the restaurant on the top floor. That’s in a separate review.

Thank Dgtl1
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