Tate Modern: a Fishy business

The Tate Modern on the edge of the Thames is an essential visit for anyone passing through London. Here are a couple of reasons why:

  • A chance to see THE BEST VIEW OF LONDON from the café on the top floor. No jokes.
  • It will satisfy the concrete architecture aficionado in your life (yes, they exist and will clogg your Instagram feed).
  • It’s FREE.
  • The Tate has some weird and wonderful artwork.
  • Did I mention there’s a café?
  • Your inner art historian/bull s*** skills can be exercised. What is abstracitsm? What does the blue orb with the yellow background represent? What is the meaning of art? I literally have no idea. Please explain.
  • Free Wifi. Always useful – especially when very important decisions such as what’s for lunch and where’s Wagamama’s comes up in conversation.

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I went to the Georgia O’Keefe exhibition with some friends – sadly it’s now over and I wasn’t allowed to take pictures. However, some of what I learnt is this. 1. Georgia O’Keefe painted more than flowers. 2. She was good at bright colours. 3. She was good at adding ‘depth’ to landscapes. 4. O’Keefe worked a lot with her husband photographer Alfred Stiegliz. 5. She like to paint the same thing from different angles/at different days. 6. O’Keefe likes things that don’t move.

Portrait of O’Keefe by her photographer husband Alfred Stiegliz

However, the coolest thing was probably the floating fish in the Turbine Hall. We joined the rest of the children enjoying half term to wonder at this floating aquarium and fail to figure out how it works. Visitors can enjoy an immersive experience that includes lying on the floor and enjoying the sounds and sights and the rapid decent of the ceiling. Designed by Philippe Parreno, the work is entitled Anywhen and is open until April 2017. Click here for more information.

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We then went off to search for some lunch…

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… and enjoy the rest of the day pottering around central London.

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