The sixties – A flourishing age of abstract modernism. But while the rest of Europe blossomed in abstracts expressionism, Britain was still recovering from war in terms of art. The awakening came when the Whitechapel Gallery in London presented Mark Rothko’s first solo exhibition outside of America in 1961.
He was everything else than a new discovery by that time. Rothko played already a major figure in the art industry since the 1950s. And his European premiere was huge, pulling over crowds from all over the country.
From September 2011 to February 2012 the Whitechapel Gallery took us 50 years back, celebrating the show that introduced Britain to the American artist. The exhibition was much smaller this time, but still represented a meaningful subject. The show took part in one little room of the gallery, presenting eyewitness accounts, letters and pictures of Rothko’s visit in England.
Tate Modern is one of my favorite places to visit in London on a rainy day.
The Tate Gallery of Modern Art is one of the worldwide most famous museums of contemporary art. Located in the former Bankside Power Station, the huge machinery was removed and the building was stripped back to its original steel structure and brickwork. The turbine hall on level one became a dramatic entrance and display area while the boiler house became the galleries.
Tate Modern presents artworks of the most influential contemporary artists. Visitors can indulge in the eras of Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Minimalism, Pop Art and Conceptual Art.
What costs nothing is worth nothing. Wrong! Visit London and you’ll find out that the most famous museums and art galleries are for free. London has some of the best galleries and museums in the world. From the renowned British Museum to the V&A and Tate Modern art gallery, there is something of interest to everyone. I want to introduce you to a few of them: