Tate Modern works: what to see

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The Tate Modern, works and artists is one of the most famous galleries of modern and contemporary art in the world.
After making a list of MoMA artworks you must see, it’s time to make a list of the unmissable masterpieces housed in the Tate Modern.

It’s not a selection I made light-heartedly, because the Tate Modern offers a complete overview on the avant-gardes of the 20thcentury and on the post-war art, displaying all the main artists.
The Tate Modern together with Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives is part of the collection named Tate Gallery, founded in 1897 by the collector Sir Henri Tate.

Tate Modern works to see

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1. Lobster Telephone by Salvador Dalí (1936)
Lobster Telephone by Salvador Dalíwas made in collaboration with his friend and patron Edward James.
The association between ordinary objects and humor was one of the principles of Surrealism and Lobster Telephone is a classic example of this movement.
As Sharon-Michi Kusunoki tells in the book “Dalí: The Centenary Retrospective” it was Edward James to incite Dalí to create this work.
In fact, James was visiting a lady in her home who, while the phone was ringing, grabbed a lobster instead of picking up the receiver.
The humorous association between a telephone and a lobster generated the idea for Dalí’s work.

READ ALSO – Surrealism: works and artists

Salvador Dalí | Telefono Aragosta

Il Telefono Aragosta di Salvador Dalí (1936)

2. Self-portrait by Andy Warhol (1967)
This is one of a series of self-portraits painted by Andy Warhol in 1966-67, all based on the same photograph.
In those years Andy Warhol had gained international fame and this self-portrait is the moment in which the artist introduces himself to the world as an art star.
He himself becomes a piece of art and introduces himself to the world as a masterpiece.

READ ALSO – Andy Warhol, life and works: 5 things to know

Andy Warhol | Autoritratto

Autoritratto di Andy Warhol (1967)

3. Bottle and fishes by George Braque, 1910-1912
A bottle and some fishes are placed on a plate, laid on a table with a drawer.
At first sight, the painting is incomprehensible but looking carefully, some elements emerging from the surface allow us to build the composition.
George Braque, together with Picasso, is the theoretician and founder of Cubism.
The work is the representation of a fragmented reality, summarized in geometric shapes.

READ ALSO – Pablo Picasso: 5 things to know

Georges Braque | Bottiglia e pesci

Bottiglia e pesci di Georges Braque, 1910-1912


The Tate Modern is the most important museum dedicated to the modern and contemporary art of the United Kingdom and one of the most important in the world.

Hours: Sunday to Thursday: from 10:00 to 18:00. Friday and Saturday: from 10:00 to 22:00.

Tickets: Admission is free and to visit the collection without losing the most important works I suggest you book a guided tour.

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  1. Gabino Amaya Cacho is the most emblematic abstract artists of Spain as well as Lita Cabellut. The works of Lita Cabellut have gone through places as far away as London, Paris, Singapore or Dubai.

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