Tate Modern taken to court over nosy gallery-goers

When Tate Modern’s new Switch House extension opened to the public in June 2016 it dazzled the critics with its bold design and panoramic views over the London skyline. However, according to a claim filed in the High Court, not everyone has been left starry-eyed over the architectural addition to the South Bank.

Residents of neighbouring apartment blocks are suing Tate Modern for having turned their flats into ‘goldfish bowls’ after nosy tourists were spotted peering into their homes from the gallery’s 10th floor viewing platform. Voyeuristic visitors to the pyramid tower platform were even said to have photographed the interior of residents’ glass-fronted apartments and posted them on social media. One image captures a pet cat at the window while in others, residents are snapped chatting on their phones and relaxing on their sofas. Continue reading

Tate Modern’s new extension dazzles critics

Tate Modern’s new ‘Switch House’ extension to its South Bank site has dazzled critics ahead of its public opening on Friday (17 June).

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the architects responsible for developing the Bankside Power Station into Tate Modern in 2000, the 10-storey pyramid-like tower forms part of a £260 million transformation of the museum. It was made possible by donations from private donors, foundations, Southwark Council, the Greater London Authority and the government in what has been described as “one of the largest cultural fundraising campaigns ever launched”.  Continue reading

Bold plans for new Tate Modern unveiled

The brand new extension to Tate Modern on Bankside will open to the public on 17 June 2016. Consisting of ten storeys, the new Switch building will add 60% more display space to the existing gallery. The opening will be accompanied by a complete rehang of the collection displays, 75% of which will have been acquired since 2000. Speaking at a press conference today, Francis Morris, the Director of Tate Modern, said that it will feature “more international [artists], more new media and importantly more women.”

The nation’s youngest will be among the first to see the new development. 3,000 school children from across Britain have been invited to a special preview on Thursday 16 June 2016. On Saturday 18th June, a 500-strong choir from across London will perform a specially commissioned choral work by Peter Liversidge, kicking off a celebratory three weeks of live art from artists such as Tania Bruguera, Tino Seghal and Amalia Pica. Continue reading