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England SE1 9TG
Tel: 44 207 887 8888
Tube: Blackfriars or Southwark
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Sometimes it seems this former power station fashioned into a showy landmark by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron is the center of the city. There is something very glamorous about the vast space, let alone the amazing holdings, which range from Matisse to Matthew Barney. Entering is a thrill—a slope almost as wide as the building descends into aircraft-hangar–sized Turbine Hall. It's become known for site-specific installations on a barely conceivable scale. Anish Kapoor's 2002 "Marsyas," a slightly menacing, sinuous scarlet PVC membrane stretched over the entire volume of the hall like a mammoth Venus flytrap or some invertebrate sea monster from 1,000 fathoms deep. Then, with 2004's "The Weather Project," Olafur Eliasson seemed to make the sun rise and set inside. People were drawn to it like moths, prostrating themselves on the concrete as if to sunbathe—it was that magical. It's possible to catch the Tate catamaran—it's the one with the Damien Hirst polka-dot design—up the Thames to the now unfairly neglected Tate Britain. (It also stops at the London Eye and provides a spectacular view of the Houses of Parliament from the river.)
Sun–Thurs 10–6; Fri–Sat 10–10; free admission.
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