Travel blog: London museum communicates social consciousness

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By Zandra Shafer
The Carolinian

The only difficult thing about being an art lover in London is deciding between the plethora of options of where to go to get your fix.

London has all the bases covered. Depending on your mood, there are tons of large and small venues which cater to every taste.

Tate Modern opened in 2000, specializing in modern and contemporary art. It was converted from the old Bankside Power Station, and retains its distinctly industrial feel. The building is situated in the Southbank area of London, directly across the Thames River from St. Paul’s Cathedral via The Millennium Bridge, which visitors can walk across on a symbolic journey from the past to the present.

The outside area surrounding Tate Modern, in what used to be a rather rough part of South London, now encompasses a beautiful community garden and parks complete with nearly constant
live performances.

The exhibits at Tate Modern vary in subject matter and type, but there is an overarching theme of social consciousness. Every individual piece and every exhibition in the gallery aims to make a bold statement, and everything about the experience is quintessentially “modern.”

Putting its artistic merit aside for a moment, Tate Modern is simply a fun place to hang out! The building and surrounding area of the Southbank is crawling with hip young trend-setters decked out in fashion-forward garb.

It would be an absolute no-brainer for any modern art fan to visit, but it would also be a great spot for millennials looking for a chilled-out place to relax with their friends or meet new people, or really a great place for anyone who enjoys peoplewatching.

The Southbank is now an area that families can feel safe enjoying, and Tate Modern has become one of its most prominent locations for locals and tourist to appreciate modern and contemporary art.

Zandra Shafer, an aspiring travel writer, is a senior studying this summer in England.