• Posted:Wednesday, May 5, 2010
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Say happy 10th birthday to the Tate

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Say happy 10th birthday to the Tate
If I was in England's capital city at the moment then I would definitely buy a cake and stick some candles on it while in my London hostel to commemorate the tenth birthday of the Tate Modern gallery.

And what a deserved celebration it is. The building is a magnificent structure and full of spectacular visions to amaze each visitor.

One of the most exciting areas of the gallery that I found was its Turbine Hall, which housed Louise Bourgeois's giant spider sculpture Mamon.

Adrian Searle, an art critic for the Guardian, said the series in the great room has developed its own "cumulative energy", which I am in total agreement with. There is a wonderful buzz when you enter the area, which is exactly the kind of feeling people should expect from a gallery.

He calls the Unilever series of annual commissions in the hall "the most significant long-term project instigated by any museum in the early 21st century" – high praise indeed, but deserved.

And Mr Searle says there are similar versions of the gallery in New York and Paris – which I enjoyed on a trip once.

But this English version could possibly be better. People might spend hours in this room alone because it has such a great appeal. Leaving does not seem like an option. Nor do you want it to be one.

Mr Searle added: "The Turbine Hall is the most public museum space anywhere and is spectacular in itself."

People who are checking out London at the moment, or are planning on doing so soon, should be aware there is a free arts festival between May 14th and 16th to celebrate the birthday of the Tate Modern.

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