With London being one of the most forward-thinking and progressive cities on Earth, it should come as very little surprise to learn that it is home to many of the world’s best modern art galleries, where the biggest names on the global art scene regularly exhibit their work here.
So, if you’re looking for something avant-garde, innovative and creative then a trip to the capital could well be just the ticket for you.
The Tate Modern, for example, is one of the most iconic galleries in the UK, known as much for its famous chimney as for the many excellent displays it hosts throughout the year. Entry to the permanent collection is free, although it’s always worth checking what temporary exhibits are on while you’re in town, with the likes of Damien Hirst among those to have had their works on show here.
Located on the South Bank of the River Thames, just across Millennium Bridge from St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern is surrounded by many of London’s most popular attractions and is something that shouldn’t be missed if you’re in the area.
Elsewhere, the Saachi Gallery in Chelsea is another of London’s most popular modern art galleries. Owned by Charles Saachi, the museum is home to some of the most spectacular pieces of contemporary art in the UK, including Richard Wilson’s eerie yet intriguing Oil Filled Room.
The Hayward Gallery, meanwhile, can be found at the Southbank Centre and regularly hosts exhibitions of works by the world’s leading contemporary artists. Currently on show at the museum is a retrospective display of more than 160 pieces created by Turner Prize winner Martin Creed.
Entitled What’s the Point of it? the exhibit features some of Creed’s most iconic works, including the likes of Half the Air in a Given Space – which consists of nearly 7,000 balloons enclosed in a large walled area.