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The New Tate Britain

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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published December 4th 2013
The greatest art gallery of London just got a bit greater

There's a new kid on the block, but it has actually been there for years. Yes, the grand-daddy of art galleries in London, Tate Britain, has had a facelift, and is now ready to face the world again.

So, what's happened? Well, Tate Britain (one of a number of Tate art galleries, with another famous one being Tate Modern which is located a bit further along the River Thames) has undergone major changes thanks to the Millbank Project - a series of stages which will transform the gallery into a world-beating attraction.

I thoroughly recommend you going soon though - as there is something magical in seeing the gallery as it is at the moment, all bright white and gleaming - you will probably end up looking as much at the building as you do at the exhibits. And the best thing - it is still absolutely free, well apart from the special exhibitions (of course).

On the subject of exhibits, the gallery divides up its artworks chronologically from 500 years ago to modern day, with a big focus on such British artists as Constable, Turner and Bacon - whose famous tryptich 'Three Studies For Figures At The Base Of A Crucifixion' has pride of place in the gallery.

Watch out for some of the more contemporary art too, as there are some really interesting pieces by such artists as Jake & Dinos Chapman and Chris Ofili too. The chronological order really helps to put things into perspective, and works just as well as some of the themed exhibitions in helping you see connections between the images and sculptures on display.

Get there soon and immerse yourself in what is sure to become your new favourite art gallery.

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Why? The greatest art gallery of London just got a bit greater
When: 10am - 6pm daily
Phone: 44 (0)20 7887 8888
Where: Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Cost: Free
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