Now I want to start this blog post with a confession that I’m not an arty person I LOVE being creative but I’m just not very good at it (or apparently recognising those that are). I remember being exceptionally excited when I placed in the top 150 of a Scottish art contest as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. (I think I came 142nd!) My friend Rob was in town for an audition so I met him at the Southbank Centre with the intention of checking out the Oxo Tower and its exhibitions… that didn’t work out quite how we’d planned it so instead we headed to the Tate Modern to admire the art (and the views!) in our defense it was raining!
While we were on our wanderings I mused as to what exactly came under the umbrella of “modern”. The Tate website answers that question by describing itself as a London art gallery housing the UK’s collection of modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present day and hosting special exhibitions and events. One of the great things about a lot of the museums in London is that the majority of their exhibits are free but they supplement it with ever-changing paid galleries for you to explore as well. That said, £16.50 for the Paul Klee exhibition seemed to be rather extortionate so unsurprisingly we stuck to the free stuff.
It quickly became apparent that I wasn’t a fan of Picasso after accidentally slating not one, not two but THREE of his pieces that were on display without realising. I mean who even knew that he did sculptures as well as paintings?! We ducked in to the beautiful 6th floor restaurant to hide my embarrassment and enjoy a cuppa along with some of the best views in London before checking out the final exhibition level.
There were some beautiful pieces and some not so nice ones. But regardless we had a great time busying ourselves with our own interpretations, more often including Star Trek or some other sci-fi show in our analyses, and I remember a woman laughing out loud as us as I exclaimed how all I could see in one picture was a decapitated snow man rather than the “easily identifiable women and birds”! The Tate is a great place to have a lazy meander with plenty of opportunity for chatting which is always good, it would probably bore young kids to tears though in my opinion. There’s also the Tate Britain further down the river that I’m still waiting to explore and you can hop on the special Tate Boat to get between you to if you wish. Tickets cost £6.50 for a single of £12.00 for a return.