Galleries

Inside the New Tate Modern

With the opening this month of the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Tate Modern Switch House, London’s modern and contemporary art museum expands its space and its global profile. Along with increasing the gallery area by 60 per cent and better accommodating live performance and its growing collection, the museum also seeks to reinvent the way audiences engage with art.

In the collection, “The spread of work from different parts of the world is remarkable – over 50 countries are represented across a wide range of media,” explains Tate Modern director Frances Morris. “And for the first time we have galleries that really respond to and complement the way artists work now. These new displays allow us to situate our iconic artworks – the Rothkos, Rileys and Richters – as part of a wider international dialogue.”

Ahead of the public opening on 17 June, Sotheby’s took a closer look inside – from the panoramic viewing level atop the ten-storey extension, with 360° views over London – to the subterranean oil Tanks that will host the opening weekend’s performances by artists Roman Ondák, Tania Bruguera and Tarek Atoui.