Tate Modern, London : A lesson in Cubism

Tate Modern was on my must do list for London trip. It is home to several of Pablo Picasso – the father of Modern Art’s paintings etching and sketches.  The art gallery houses UK’s largest collection of modern and contemporary art including Kandinsky, Dali, Picasso, Braque and many more.

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Tate Modern

In December 1992 the Tate Trustees announced their intention to create a separate gallery for international modern and contemporary art in London. The former Bankside Power Station was selected as the new gallery site in 1994. The following year, Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron were appointed to convert the building into a gallery, their design retained much of the original character of the building. They turned the Turbine Hall, which once housed the electricity generators of the old power station, into a social space – a place for people. Running parallel to the Turbine Hall was the boiler house, which became the galleries that run the full length of the building and from where there are various vantage points that allow you to look down into the hall.

What is Cubism?

Cubism the first abstract style of modern art abandoned the traditional perspective drawing and displayed many views of a subject at one time.  In Picasso’s Nude woman in a red arm chair do you see the face is a double or metamorphic image: the right side can also be seen as the face of a lover in profile, kissing on the lips of the woman on the left.

Picasso reworked the theme of the female nude, he revised the traditional ideal of beauty with violence, subjecting the body to a repeated assault in paint. He paints the female figure as a raw, sexualized arrangement of orifices, breasts and limbs.

Elements of Cubism are Geometricity, Conceptual instead of perceptual reality, Passage(the overlapping of planes), Simultaneity (different points of view made visible on one plane or approximation of the forth dimension i.e. Time).

Outside Suburbia - Tate Modern

Outside Suburbia - Tate Modern

Outside Suburbia - Tate Modern

Outside Suburbia - Tate Modern

Outside Suburbia - Tate Modern

Outside Suburbia - Tate Modern

Outside Suburbia - Tate Modern

Outside Suburbia - Tate Modern

Outside Suburbia - Tate Modern

Outside Suburbia - Tate Modern

Admission

Admission to Tate Modern is free, except for special exhibitions and can be reached by tube, bus or boat.
We took the tube to nearest London Underground stations. You can get to any of the stations below to get to Tate Modern

  • Southwark (Jubilee Line, 600 metres approximately)
  • Blackfriars (District and Circle Line, 800 metres approximately) has now been reopened
  • St Pauls (Central Line, 1,100 metres approximately)

I would love to go see Picasso’s first Cubism painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon at the Museum of Modern Art in New York someday! What is you favorite Picasso painting?

8 thoughts on “Tate Modern, London : A lesson in Cubism”

  1. Great post! I recently discovered you on Instagram and have been following your blog. I have been to the Tate Modern before but plan to take my 6 year old for the first time next week. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip to London!

  2. Aw man, I missed this when I was in London a few years ago! Now I know for next time!

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