Although I’ve been to most of the well known museums and galleries in London, I only recently paid my first visit to Tate Britain. It’s located in Millbank, on the northern bank of the River Thames.
I was prompted to visit Tate Britain as, when I looked at a map to work out how to get to the Garden Museum in Lambeth on the south bank the Thames, I saw that it’d only take me a few minutes to walk from the Garden Museum to Tate Britain.
Before going inside Tate Britain, I ate my packed lunch in the Summer Garden.
Upon entering Tate Britain, I admired the Rotunda with its terrazzo floor.
A sweeping staircase leads to the lower floor from the Rotunda.
My eye was caught by the Christina Mackie installation featuring ten 12 metre high silk nets.
It was interesting to see Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’, which I better understood after reading about Emin’s bout of suicidal depression after a relationship breakdown.
I’d previously seen Jacob Epstein’s ‘Jacob and the Angel’ alabaster sculpture at Tate Liverpool, but it’s still a powerful piece.
I liked the vivid colours used in ‘How the West was Won’ by Donald Rodney.
I was rather intrigued by a Typhoo Tea packet. An online search revealed that it was an early work entitled ‘Tea Painting in an Illusionist Style’ by David Hockney.
I wasn’t sure why Peter Black was clutching a Elvis magazine in his ‘Self Portrait with Badges’.
I didn’t spot the title of this painting. To me, it resembled a foetus in its amniotic sac.
The blade wielding character in the ‘The Nanny, Small Bears and the Bogeyman’ by Paula Rego, looked like a Red Indian about to perform some initiation rite on the youngster.
I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to replicate some of the positions portrayed below.
The lighting created shadows behind the ‘King and Queen’ sculpture by Henry Moore.
The wire sculptures looked a bit like squint pylons or TV masts.
I highly recommend visiting the Tate Britain with its diverse collection of historical and contemporary British art. It’s open every day from 10am to 6pm.