Tate Modern is the national gallery of international modern art and also houses a collection of British art from the 1500s. The Gallery was created in 2000 from a disused power station in the heart of London. The buildings vast size becomes apparent when you enter via the dramatic turbine hall which is 152 metres long!
The collection of modern and contemporary art represents all the major movements from Fauvism. It includes important masterpieces by both Picasso and Matisse and surrealist works by DalÃ, Ernst, Magritte and MirÃ².
American Abstract Expressionism works include those by Pollock as well as the nine Seagram Murals by Rothko. There is an in depth collection of the Russian pioneer of abstract art Naum Gabo, and an important group of sculpture and paintings by Giacometti. Tate has significant collections of Pop art, including major works by Lichtenstein and Warhol, Minimal art and Conceptual art.
The displays of the permanent collection are complemented by a continuous programme of temporary exhibitions exploring broad themes of British art as well as the work of individual artists.
To get there from the Americana; take the Bakerloo Line southbound to Oxford Circus and change to the Central Line. Take the Central Line eastbound from Oxford Circus to St Pauls. When you exit St Pauls station follow the signposts to Millennium Bridge, the gallery is on the southside of the bridge.
If you want to go to both the Tate Modern and the Tate Britain, there is a boat service connecting the two.