It is interesting that the media showed more excitement for the
Tate Modern building itself that it did for the permanent collection on
Apart from John Walsh’s description of the building as an ’ill-designed
corkscrew’ (Independent 16/5), all were in agreement that the work of
Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron was a triumph. There was also
unanimity that London would now be recognised as a world-class cultural
centre with its own spectacular cathedral of modern art.
The new Tate also garnered favourable comparison with the Dome, with the
Times among those pointing out that the gallery attracted 65,000
visitors in its first weekend, almost double those who attended the
Dome’s first weekend.
Coverage of the masterpieces exhibited in the new gallery was less
rhapsodic - ’great architecture, a pity about the art’ (Daily Telegraph
12/5). Most commentators felt the thematic grouping was correct but
Anthony Thorncroft in the FT (12/5) noted that ’the new building exposes
the gaps’ of the Tate Modern Collection.
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