The Tanks at Tate Modern

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The Tanks at Tate Modern

Former oil tanks now one of world's most inspirational art spaces...

They said you couldn’t engage the masses with contemporary art, but engage them they did… with not far short of 5 million visitors a year, Tate Modern has been somewhat of a sensation since it opened at the turn of the century. Coveted Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron‘s spellbinding transformation of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s Bankside Power Station has not just become the world’s most visited art gallery, but one of its most iconic too.

As part of an ambitious project to increase gallery space, the Swiss duo have been called upon once more, and this week’s opening of The Tanks signals its first phase. Formerly home to 1.1 million gallons of oil, the power station’s abandoned tanks now play host to the gallery’s first dedicated spaces for live art and film. More East Berlin than South London, the rawness of The Tanks’ orignal industrial heritage has been retained – it’s exposed concrete warehouse-chic to the nth degree, and we simply can’t get enough.

A new commission by Korean artist Sung Hwan Kim is the first work to be created specifically for the tanks, joining a host of other works that comprises Art in Action – a fifteen-week festival that celebrates performance, film and installation as part of the Cultural Olympiad’s London 2012 Festival. Running ’til 28th October, this series of works are masterfully suited to the haunting, magical chambers they inhabit; and present your first chance to witness one of the world’s most inspirational art spaces.

The Tanks: Art in Action

Sung Hwan Kim
The Tanks Commission, 2012 (installation view)
© Sung Hwan Kim

The Tanks: Art in Action

Sung Hwan Kim
The Tanks Commission, 2012 (installation view)
© Sung Hwan Kim

The Tanks: Art in Action

Fase: Four movements to the Music of Steve Reich, Tate Modern, 2012
© Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

The Tanks: Art in Action

The Tanks at Tate Modern

The Tanks: Art in Action

Sung Hwan Kim
The Tanks Commission, 2012 (installation view)
© Sung Hwan Kim

The Tanks: Art in Action

Suzanne Lacy
The Crystal Quilt 1985-7 (Installation view, Tate Modern, 2012)
© Suzanne Lacy

The Tanks: Art in Action

Suzanne Lacy
The Crystal Quilt 1985-7 (Installation view, Tate Modern, 2012)
© Suzanne Lacy

The Tanks: Art in Action

Sung Hwan Kim
The Tanks Commission, 2012 (installation view)
© Sung Hwan Kim

The Tanks: Art in Action

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Fase: Four movements to the Music of Steve Reich, Tate Modern, 2012
© Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Photograph © Hugo Glendinning

The Tanks: Art in Action

Suzanne Lacy
The Crystal Quilt 1985-7 (Installation view, Tate Modern, 2012)
© Suzanne Lacy

The Tanks: Art in Action

Lis Rhodes
Light Music 1975
Installation view, Tate Modern 18 July – 28 October 2012
© Lis Rhodes

The Tanks: Art in Action

Lis Rhodes
Light Music 1975
Installation view, Tate Modern 18 July – 28 October 2012
© Lis Rhodes
All photography © Tate Photography, unless otherwise noted

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