This was my first time visiting Tate Britain and after seeing the collection and the exhibitions it immediately became one of my favourite London museums.
The day I visited was quite rainy, it was drizzling the whole day, which gave me an excuse of exploring the whole building for about 6 hours.
As soon as you walk in, you notice a striking design of the “foyer”.
It is rather difficult to try and summarise the whole experience in just a few sentences. I found myself surprised at almost every step, as every room was unexpected and the art varied from classic to contemporary.
Henry Moore Room
What is beautiful about Tate Britain, apart from everything, is the dedication to preserving British art. We often visit museums with international art collections, but celebrating one’s own puts a focus on artists that otherwise might have gone unnoticed.
I was quite taken with some of the striking architectural elements of the exhibition spaces, particularly the ceilings.
One of the most beautiful and most famous paintings at the museum is Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais. Of course all of the gift shop items have the flower print from the painting, but there is something to be said about the artwork. Seeing it in person is breathtaking. The light in the painting is so delicate on Ophelia’s face, the colour of the flowers is so beautiful and rich that it touches your heart. For me it was the most emotional piece in the permanent collection.
Besides this painting, the coolest piece exhibited was the latest commission by the museum, and it’s a wow factor. It’s an installation by Cerith Wyn Evans called Forms in Space… by Light (in Time).
Another good reason for visiting Tate Britain would be the Turner Collection, which is the biggest collection of Turner’s work in the world. Seeing the film Mr. Turner was actually my only preparation for this trip. I recommend viewing the film as it gives you a better understanding of the ideas behind his way of painting and experiencing the world.
As the last part of my post, I present you the exhibition Queer British Art 1861-1967. It was my main reason for visiting the museum in the first place. The exhibition explored the period between the abolishment of death penalty for sodomy and partial decriminalisation of sex between men. The display evoked various emotions, from sadness to anger, and it was beautifully curated.
Here are some of the other pieces from the museum: