Tate Liverpool

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Tate Liverpool Reviews

Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Fantastic collection of art to see - for free! Sep 01, 2011
The Tate Liverpool has some wonderful art on show and all for free too, which is nice to see. The range of artists on show here is rather impressive too - Warhol, Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian, Riley and Dali are arguably the more famous artists that are showcased here. It really was a pleasure to see paintings that you were already familiar with here, and see pieces that were rather quirky, totally unexpected but highly entertaining. I particularly enjoyed the giant sized table and chairs and plates that were near the main entrance, as well as the collection of corporate clothes that some artist just stripped off from and left on the streets of Berlin in the 1960s. I really thought this was a great collection of art to see and would happily come here again (the museum lends itself well to multiple visits).
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sarahelaine sarahela…
651 reviews
Tate Liverpool Jun 04, 2011
Tate Liverpool is the northern branch of the Tate Gallery, which has four galleries altogether – Tate Modern on Bankside, London, Tate Britain on millbank,, London, and Tate St Ives in Cornwall.  The Tate galleries have a sort of core mission to make art accessible and fun.  The Liverpool branch is on Albert Dock, a renovated area near the river Mersey and across the road from the shopping area of Liverpool 1. 

It is much smaller than its London cousins, which makes it easier to take in. 

The entrance is discrete, rather than the massive imposing space of Tate Modern or the neo-Classical Tate Britain, and I walked past the entrance completely and came in through the café, although in fairness I am not always terribly bright!  

Unlike the Tate.  The Tate is terribly bright.  When I visited, it was the DLA Piper “This is Sculpture” exhibition, highlighting different forms of sculpture, and curated by a range of people including the Poet Laureate and a Dance DJ, and many of the galleries were painted bright pink or green or yellow.  Funnily enough, this didn’t detract from the art as much as you would think.  The exhibition was arranged thematically (a display about bodies, one about sculpture and language…) rather than chronologically, so that a 2 or 3 century old classical-influenced sculpture of a woman was in the DJ-curated gallery, uplit in red, with some extremely… anatomical sculptures by Anthony Gormley from a few decades ago.  Personally, I think that worked, so that the exhibitions become more about thinking and less about art-history.  The DJ curated gallery also featured headphones you could put on and wander around to funk music, or choose not to and it didn’t disrupt things for you, and I thought that worked well too.  Although this particular exhibition isn’t permanent, all the works (including some by Dali, and quite a few by Gormley who I love) are in the Tate collection and so will probably be around somewhere long term. 

 Another exhibition was curated by local young people and was about their feelings at the cusp of adulthood, demonstrated by art from the Tate, and they are preparing an exhibition on Magritte.


The exhibition spaces are bright and large, without being huge, and there would be no problem with wheelchair access.  There is lots of natural light, too.  The café was nice, and by the standards of museum cafes, not at all expensive.  There is a cloakroom and, of course, a gift shop.

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millerpins millerpi…
10 reviews
Modern Art Gallery May 20, 2011
The Tate Gallery is located on the Albert Dock itself on the inner part of the dock. Well what can i say about this place, this Art Gallery is nothing like ive ever been in before, the first piece of "so called art" was a bread roll, yes you have heard me right guys, that was it just a bread roll and i couldn't help but let out a slight snigger to myself on how can you call this art, for me this just doest make sence at all, in this room was all sorts of strange pieces of art, and for me not a lot of thought went into the art at all, there was one one room with a light shining on a blue circle disk that was spinning around and giving off light reflections on the wall, im not being funny, but for me this is not art as i could do thins myself with in 10 minutes.

The next floor was just as mad and wounderful with 2 TV's next to each other with 2 different people on them shouting abuse towards you and then telling you was a naughty boy. At this point i really did try not to laugh because there was a guy who works in the gallery explaining to other viewers what this piece was all about. The rest of the floor and the last floor upstairs was dedictated to sculptures, and to be honest i did find a couple of pieces of art pretty good, but like i said only a couple.

Over all this is not my taste in art so i didn't really enjoy it that much, i just didn't get the art, a painting of can of tomato soup i cant get sorry, but if this is your kinda of art i can see why its got this appeal and im guessing it would be a good attraction to see. There is also a little shop that seels books in there with a little cafe where you can grab a coffee and a little snack
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