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Tate Britain Gallery


Tate Britain Gallery


The nation’s largest collection of British Art, spanning the 16th to the 21st centuries, is held in a fabulous Neo-Classical building facing the river. The works include sculpture and modern installation pieces, and a separate wing is given over to the moody paintings of British artist L M W Turner.

The gallery exhibits a broad range of British art, from Tudor portraits and 18th-century landscapes to a large sculpture collection and modern art. Displays change frequently and the gallery’s broad definition of British art stretches to work by non-British artists who spent time in the country, such as Canaletto and James Whistler.

British art is represented by artists chosen for their contribution to its history and development, rather than their nationality alone. The collection continues to expand its holdings of modern and contemporary art from around the world.

The gallery opened in 1897, founded on the private collection of the sugar merchant Henry Tate and works from the older National Gallery. The Tate includes 7 rooms added to display the paintings of J M W Turner, one of the Britain’s most revered artists. The Turner Bequest, as it is known, was left to the Nation by Turner on his death in 1851. Its displayed in its own wing, called the Clore Gallery, and consists of some 300 oil paintings, 300 sketchbooks and about 20,000 watercolors and drawings. Major temporary exhibitions here always draw huge crowds.

Turner Prize. Every other year, Tate Britain Exhibits the shortlisted works for the prestigious and often controversial Turner Prize, which was established in 1984. Representing all visual arts, four contemporary artists are shortlisted annually on the basis of their work during the preceding year, before a panel of judges  picks the winner. Among the most sensational of the boundary-testing winners have been Damien Hirst’s Mother and Child, Divided (1995) and the ceramics of Greyson Perry (2003).


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At a glance

  • Activity

    Culture, Sightseeing
  • Address

    London, Millbank SW1
  • Underground

    Pimlico

"British & International modern and contemporary art, XVI-XXI centuries"

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