The £45 million project involved the reopening of the main entrance to Tate Britain where excavation of the original architectural elements of the building were combined with new architectural features including a new spiral staircase just inside the entrance.
The Whistler Restaurant is also reopened alongside the new Djanogly café complete with an exterior terrace. The Rex Whistler mural in the restaurant, The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats 1926-7, has been fully restored.
New learning studios can be located throughout the gallery, and a new archive gallery, displaying temporary displays, will be opened, alongside the impresssive new members’ spaces.
Director of Tate Britain, Penelope Curtis believes the transformation will ‘enhance the original grandeur and logic of the galleries. Adam Caruso and Peter St John have created new spaces out of old and artists have helped to articulate a new sense of the public realm.’
Tate Britain opened on Tuesday 19th November 2013. For more information, please see the Tate Britain website.
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