London’s Tate Modern reveals its new £260 million extension to much fanfare
Over the weekend, the Tate Modern unveiled its newly renovated space called the Switch House to the public. The 10-storey 'twisted pyramid' building designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron features more works by female and international artists.
When Tate Modern opened in 2000, women made up 17 percent of the artists in the collection. Now at the Switch House, female artists comprised 36 percent of the total with half of the solo artist rooms devoted to the ladies.
The new Tate Modern also houses more performances, photography and interactive art from about 50 countries including Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia and South America. If you get tired checking out the exhibits, there are cafes, shops and designated places to rest your weary feet.
Tate Modern is the most visited gallery of modern and contemporary art in the world. The expansion project was initiated to meet the needs of its five million visitors per year. With the Switch House, it has now added 60 percent more gallery space to the modern art museum. So you can expect to spend hours admiring the creative pieces.