Tate Modern mixes old with new with pyramid-like extension

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CONTEMPORARY ART

Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles’s installation “Babel 2001” featuring a tower of 800 radios is among the highlights at the new 10-storey Switch House in London Tate Modern. Photo/AFP

Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles’s installation “Babel 2001” featuring a tower of 800 radios is among the highlights at the new 10-storey Switch House in London Tate Modern. Photo/AFP

A general view of the exterior of the new Switch House extension of the Tate Modern gallery in London on June 14, 2016. Photo/AFP

A general view of the exterior of the new Switch House extension of the Tate Modern gallery in London on June 14, 2016. Photo/AFP

A visitor poses for a picture next to the 'Tree, 2015' by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in the new Switch House extension of the Tate Modern, in London, on June 14, 2016. Photo/AFP

A visitor poses for a picture next to the ‘Tree, 2015’ by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in the new Switch House extension of the Tate Modern, in London, on June 14, 2016. Photo/AFP

Tate Modern made a show on Tuesday of its new pyramid-like extension, which significantly adds to the London gallery’s space and allows it to exhibit more contemporary art from around the world.

Works on display in the revamped art museum, which includes the new 10-storey Switch House, include a room full of human hair and car bumpers by Indian artist Sheela Gowda and a tower of 800 radios by Brazil’s Cildo Meireles.

The “new Tate Modern” extension increases the size of the gallery in a former power station on the River Thames by 60percent and will open to the public on Friday following a 260million pound ($367 million) revamp.

Tate Modern said its completely re-hung free collection features some 800 works by more than 300 artists, with half of the solo displays dedicated to women artists.

New acquisitions such as 1930s photography by Lionel Wendt and 1960s sculpture by Lebanon’s Saloua Raouda Choucair add to works by artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Mattisse.

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“We try to mix the familiar and the unfamiliar. We try toshow that artists don’t just think about their own generation or even about the previous generation,” Tate director Nicholas Serota told Reuters.

“They look at people from 50, 100 years ago. They take inspiration from them, then they build it into their own work…that’s what’s exciting about the whole way we show the collection.”

Like the main gallery, which opened in 2000 and attracts 5million visitors a year, the 65-metre (213.25 ft) high extension was designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.

Clad in a lattice of 336,000 bricks in a nod to the original power station’s brickwork, the tower has a public viewing level offering 360 degree panoramic views of the British capital.

 

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