Museum Study: Tate Modern

Tate Modern reflects its uniqueness and modernity in every respect. First, its modern architectural structure and the Millennium Bridge that echoes it; second, it specializes in collecting 20th-century modern art; and third, its internal service facilities and interactive activities. In my opinion, if Tate Britain is a chronicle of history and has a clear history of British art development, then Tate Modern is like a classroom of informative activities.

The design is primarily intended to demonstrate spatial diversity and to present its collections to the public both indoors and outdoors. The diversity of the size of the Tate Modern is mainly to meet the exhibition needs of the classical art museum. Here, the designer added some new architectural structures: some structures are not necessarily right-angled, but they act more like channels; others have many large pillars that help to expand the space and enhance the art of current architecture. Potential and art charm.

Museum Study: VA Game Exhibition

has been curated by Marie Foulston and Kristian Volsing, curators of video games at the V&A, features everything from larger titles such as Nintendo’s Splatoon to smaller independent names, as well as delving into the DIY arcade scene and large-scale eSports events.

Speaking at the first view of the exhibition, Foulston says: “Design is the lens through which we are looking at video games.

“Even if you play games and are incredibly literate sometimes the concept and the thought of what it takes to make a video game can seem like an impenetrable black box.

“These are designers and creators who have been so generous in opening up their hard-drives and notebooks, letting us pore over rare and unseen artefacts that really illuminate their design practices.”

It not only has the introduction and design works of the popular games but also have indie games that are not easy to get on with.


Museum Study: Tate Britain 02

Tate Britain is the home of the annual and usually controversial Turner Prize exhibition, featuring four artists selected by a jury chaired by the director of Tate Britain. This is spread out over the year with the four nominees announced in May, the show of their work opened in October and the prize itself given in December. Each stage of the prize generates media coverage, and there have also been a number of demonstrations against the prize, notably since 2000 an annual picket by Stuckist artists. In recent years the exhibition and award ceremony have taken place at locations other than in Tate Britain: for example in Liverpool (2007), Derry-Londonderry (2013), Glasgow (2015) and Hull (2017).

Tate Britain and is known for its British paintings and modern art from the 15th century to the present. In 2000, the Tate Gallery split its collection and set up four museums: the Tate Britain Art Gallery (at the original site of the Tate Gallery) to showcase British art collections from 1500 to the present.

Museum Study: Tate Britain 01

The Tate Gallery is mainly used to collect 19th-century English paintings and sculptures presented to the country by Sir Henry Tate, as well as some British paintings transferred from the National Gallery of England. At the time, the Tate Gallery was dedicated to the collection of modern art from artists born in Britain after 1790.

The main display spaces show the permanent collection of historic British art, as well as contemporary work. It has rooms dedicated to works by one artist, such as: Tracey Emin, John Latham, Douglas Gordon, Sam Taylor-Wood, Tacita Dean, Marcus Gheeraerts II, though these, like the rest of the collection, are subject to rotation.


The Wallace Collection

Last Saturday I went to visit the Wallace Collection when I heard it has many great works from Boucher and Fragonard, also I can get benefit from their armour collection for designning characters and outfits. However I went a little bit late and only got a chance to see the paintings and small objects before they closed.

The first thing I found interesting was a pair of pattens, the shape of it is very strange because of the narrowed front, seems like having longer feet was the fashion trend for high class people at the time.

Moved to the second floor, there are four large paintings from the famous Rococo painter Boucher. Rococo, also known as the Late-Baroque, was a delicate, asymmetry, sometime even flighty art style with many Naples yellow. It was influenced from “Oriental” art including Chinese Erotic Drawing and Japanese’s Shunga. Therefore the themes and the objects are mainly nobility and their lives, in stead of mythology or gods.

The craftsmanship of these decorative objects are really good.

These two are the most famous works in the collection: Fragonard’s The Swing, and Boucher’s Portrait of Madame de Pompadour.