Inaugurated 16 years ago, the Tate Modern Museum in London is a major attraction for art lovers visiting the city. It has a sizeable collection of contemporary art pieces and displays the works of some of the most gifted artists of the modern times. The museum keeps changing its installations so that every visit will be a new experience. Below are some of the most iconic works on display in the museum that you must not miss on your Tate Modern guided tours.
Nude Woman with Necklace (1968) by Pablo Picasso
This is one of the best works of the renowned artist Pablo Picasso. The woman in the picture is his second wife, Jacqueline Roque. In the portrait, there is a high emphasis on the intricate expressions as he tries to bring several aspects of emotion on to his work. The turbulence and chaos regarding their second marriage are also portrayed well by depicting the landscape and the natural forces surrounding it.
Mountain Lake (1938) by Salvador Dalí
This is a celebrated work by Salvador Dali, from 1938. The piece is themed on surrealism and has elements of nature and man blended beautifully to convey the message with precision. The soft browns and grays have been used effectively in the painting. The lake in the image represents the meditation on his brother’s death, while it also resembles a fish. Besides, private and public themes have been merged with great expertise in the work of art. The disconnected telephone represents the dialogue between Hitler and the then British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain.
Marilyn Diptych (1962) by Andy Warhol
This is a work on the famous Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe by the famous artist Andy Warhol. It was made a few months after the death of the pop star. This work is considered relevant in today’s world of pop culture. The cult of celebrity is celebrated while he also expertly adds the truth of morality to the image.
The Uncertainty of the Poet (1913) by Georgio de Chirico
Georgio de Chirico is known for his mysterious drawing style and he portrays his abilities at their fullest in The Uncertainty of the Poet. The lack of human subjects is compensated by attractive shades of black and gold colors. There is a shadow of ghostliness all around the image. The legacy of old statues is shown alongside arcades on the modern horizon. He uses browning bananas In order to show the co-existence of multiple temporalities,
Lightning with Stag in its Glare (1958-1985) by Joseph Beuys
This is a domineering artwork, which completely takes over the hall it is displayed with its grandeur. The image depicts a suspended bronze triangle, which symbolizes a lightning strike. In the process, it casts its light over the aggregate of shapes around it. It has the energy that Joseph Beuys used to dictate in his performance days.
“Seagram Murals” (The 1950’s) by Mark Rothko
This drawing drew inspiration from Michelangelo’s Laurentian Library in Florence as it has meditations on grey, brown, and red. The picture is perfectly designed for an enclosed space with very grim lighting facilities. This allows the visitors to fully immerse in the mood created by the picture. It has a very meditative and ghastly style and stands out among the rest of the works.
Spatial Concept ‘Waiting’ (1960) by Lucio Fontana
This is one of the most powerful modern images created by Lucio Fontana. It brings the true nature of artistic representation to play. The canvas is boldly slashed and the observer is demanded to reflect on the materiality of the painting.
Jazzmen (1961) by Jacques Mahé de la Villeglé
This famous work by Jacques Mahé de la Villeglé portrays traces and debris left by the modern lifestyle. The work reflects the capitalist culture that encompassed Paris during the 1950’s and the 60’s. This work consists of fragments of advertisements and billboards acquired from the city being bombarded at the city dwellers. In addition, there is some exquisite and vibrant of the artist on the other side of the drawing.
Tiny Deaths (1993) by Bill Viola
Tiny Deaths by Bill Viola has the immense power to captivate the visitor with its beauty. Bill Viola has been a prominent video artist for over 4 decades and in Tine Deaths, he pulls you into his world. There are three video images on display here and the setting is ideal to fully immerse in the experience. In the dark display room, your senses are heightened and the amazing visual effects created by the expert use of sound and light literally teleports you to the space between your inner and outer worlds.
Blindly (2010) by Artur Zmijewski
This is yet another moving work and is themed around how visually impaired people do when they paint portraits, animals, or landscapes. This is a highly sensitive image, which throws light on the experience of the creators of this art, who cannot see their own work. It is indeed a work, which you need to see on your Tate Modern tours for the human values perfectly portrayed by it.