Tate Modern was on my must-do list for our 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.
Tate Modern, London
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 armchair 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 fourth dimension i.e. Time).
A few more artworks from Tate Modern, London
How to Paint like Picasso
See this short video by Tate on how to Paint Like Picasso and make your own work of Cubism art.
Admission to Tate Modern in London is free, except for special exhibitions and can be reached by tube, bus or boat.
We took the tube to the nearest London Underground stations. You can get to any of the stations below to get to Tate Modern
- Southwark (Jubilee Line, 600 meters approximately)
- Blackfriars (District and Circle Line, 800 meters approximately) has now been reopened
- St Pauls (Central Line, 1,100 meters 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 your favorite Picasso painting?
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