Arty journeys...


Saturday, 1 October 2016

Catching up - Tuesday Tate Modern

TUESDAY: Tate Modern with two friends from our art group.

We passed the full sized Golden Hinde replica on our way.

You can see a bit of the inside of the ship on this promotional film clip

Looking at new windows through an old window. 

Imaginative lighting under one of the pedestrian tunnels.

We stopped to look at five slate panels in another pedestrian tunnel. They're carved with the poem "Behold the liquid Thames now frozen o'er" about the frost fairs which were held on the Thames when it froze over during the early 17th Century till the early 19th Century. The carvings are by the sculptor Richard Kindersley.

As we got nearer to the Tate Modern we noticed a large cube floating in the Thames with a figure on top of it.

Further along we find information that says it's by Ik-Joong Kang from South Korea. "Constructed from 500 drawings and illuminated from within, Floating Dreams is a three-storey-high lantern structure that acts as a a memorial to the millions displaced and divided during the Korean War (1950-53), and a poignant symbol of hope for the reunification of North and South Korea."

We had booked to see the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition but had given ourselves time to spare beforehand to look at some other exhibits and have lunch. None of us had looked in "The Tanks" area before. What a fabulous industrial space - or should I say series of spaces, with many remnants of its old use.

Stairs appear from nowhere and go nowhere. 

Mirrored cubes by Robert Morris (Untitled 1965) distort reflections. Some people just passed by others stopped and were quite playful with their reflections.

Three large grey containers with doors each side (Concept Revolving Vanes/Mobile Walls by Charlotte Posenenske 1967/68, replicas 2016) also encouraged playfulness as visitors closed themselves inside the boxes and photographed the way the shadows and strips of light coming through the gaps made patterns on the floor and walls depending on how much of each door was  left open. 

Inside: patterns created by light and shadows.

Rasheed Araeen's sculpture looked a bit like something from a construction site. Originally viewers were meant to participate by rearranging them creatively but apparently this is only done by gallery staff now.

Little nooks and crannies, tunnels etc. around the building.

From the little balcony upstairs it was a little disturbing to see that the figure on the big cube has his feet the wrong way round.

The Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition was interesting but we weren't allowed to take photos in there. 

Thank you very much for joining me 


  1. Lovely photos to remind us of our day out Angela.

    1. Thanks Cath - had hoped you would get the newsletter first but it didn't quite work out that way.