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The industrial Bankside Power Station on the south bank of the Thames houses the Tate Modern gallery's world-class 20th-century and contemporary art collection. Catch temporary exhibitions too, or take tea overlooking the River Thames.
The gallery is a hi-tech, people-friendly, home for modern art. Linked to St Paul's Cathedral by the first new bridge to be built in London since 1894 - the Millennium Bridge - it comes complete with trademark chimney and a huge glass atrium: two extra floors which allow pictures to be lit by natural light and treat the public to breathtaking views of London.
The organisation of the collection revolves around themes rather than historical periods, to promote and provoke comparison between centuries, countries and artistic trends. There are also special focus exhibitions and extensive use is made of the Tate's vast peripheral archives of photographic material and literature to complement the artwork. Among the artists on show are Bourgeois, Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian, Duchamp, Giacometti, Pollock, Rothko, Warhol and many other greats. Special exhibitions take place throughout the year. There are film and seminar rooms, an auditorium, a large shop, cafe and a restaurant on the seventh floor with panoramic views of the city.
Tate Modern is now one of the most popular visitor attractions in Britain, with its massive Turbine Hall given over for extended periods to specially commissioned works by single artists.
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