The Tate Modern’s gallery of international modern art forms part of the Tate group and is housed in the former Bankside Power Station in the London Borough of Southwark. The immense industrial structure is overpowering and impressive when you walk in. Admission is free of charge for the permanent collections on display and one can easily spend the day there without viewing half of the exhibits.

Tickets must be purchased for the major temporary exhibitions, such as the exhibition of Alberto Giacometti works. Giacometti was born in Eastern Switzerland in 1901 near the Italian border. In the 1920’s he moved to Paris and studied under the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, an associate of Rodin. He experimented with cubism and surrealism and came to be regarded as one of the leading surrealists, sculptors, painters and draftsmen of his time. His distinctive elongated figures in bronze are easily recognisable.

I was thrilled to have viewed this vast exhibition of 250-odd pieces – the first major retrospective in the UK for 20 years showcasing the full evolution of Giacometti’s career across five decades.

Giacometti died in 1966 in Switzerland at the age of 66 leaving behind an enormous impression for all lovers of modern art.

QueenB!……..Abuzzing off

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