Monday, May 02, 2005

detour - the tate modern

two great links:
  • a daily dose of architecture posts photos of the herzon and de meuron plans for the tate modern's expansion and new gift shop
  • the guardian chronicles the history of the museum as it approaches the 5 year mark. how the site was chosen, the architects, the decision to split the tate britain and the tate modern into separate entities.

the museum outstrips the MOMA, the guggenheim bilbao, the pompidou in terms of visitors - making it the most visited collection of modern art in the world. and my personal favorite - both in terms of the building itself and the collection. everything about it is considered and smart - from the free folding chairs available to the bloomberg-sponsored audio tours. some stats stolen from the article:

Tate Modern by numbers
21,752,664: Number of visitors since Tate Modern opened in 2000.

20,971 Number of Damien Hurst's badges sold in Tate Modern shop.

4,671: Number of visitors each day who visited Tate Modern's most popular exhibition, Matisse/Picasso, in 2002

£1,000: Going rate for re-sold invitations to the opening party in 2000.

5: The bestselling postcards in the Tate Modern shop are: Marcel Duchamp's Fountain; Henri Matisse's The Snail; Umberto Boccioni's Unique Forms of Continuity in Space; Edgar Degas's Little Dancer Aged Fourteen; and David Hockney's A Bigger Splash.


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