Sunday, July 17, 2005

Tate Modern

Went to Tate Modern to meet Cheyok, Eugene, and their friends. We watched the exhibition of Frida Cahlo, a Mexican surrealist painter. Her paintings are impressive, very unique, versatile, and beyond your imagination; but not pleasant to see.

The Turbine Hall houses an exhibition by Herzog and De Meuron, whose architectural works include Tate Modern itself. They display mock-ups of building designs that were discarded before reaching the final idea. In other words, a bunch of waste products. The curator insists that this way the exhibition shows the thought process that architects go through. But as so many mock-ups are scattered on many desks in the Hall and as little explanation is provided on which model came before which, it just confuses me. Well, confusion itself is probably the process of creativity. But it is not pleasant.

I always feel what's most fascinating about Tate Modern is not exhibitions themselves but the former power station that has turned into the contemporary art museum. Look at this (click to enlarge):

Also, the view of the Millennium Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral from here is magnificent. Everybody takes a picture here. I tried to take a bit different one. What do you think?

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