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London, Tate Modern Museum

by Ramutė Rachlevičiūtė

Opened in May 2000, Tate Modern Museum in London has joined the number of the great world museums of contemporary art. Tate Modern seriously aims to fill the gap separating “ordinary” and “elite” visitors of exhibitions of contemporary art. The opening hours of Tate Modern are the same as those of the main objects of London: on Saturdays the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Every two hours meetings with art historians and critics take place in established places. They try to present different opinions and in this way alter the understanding of the single art history chronologically stretching from 1900 till our times. In January-April 2001 Tate Modern held the first mega-exhibition “Century City”. By presenting nine cross-sections of the chronology and geography of 20th century art, Tate Modern offered nine exhibitions (each of them had its own curator) to its visitors. It enabled the spectators to reflect on the history of 20th century art anew. In September 2001 the museum held an exhibition of surrealism. Planning to hold three large annual exhibitions each year, Tate Modern has a purpose of attracting 2 million visitors annually.

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