London Tate Modern to Reopen

The Tate Modern in London, is to reopen, after four months of closure, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Visitors are only allowed in if they have booked in advance online, and will have to follow specially signposted routes through the collections and exhibitions.

Exhibition director Achim Borchardt-Hume said the gallery is aiming for a more ethnically diverse programme, and has erected a huge fountain by African-American artist Kara Walker in its Turbine Hall.

“Fons Americanus” is billed as an ironic counterpart to the statue to queen Victoria outside Buckingham Palace, and has been reworked as Queen Vicky.

Instead of celebrating the British Empire, the 13-metre (42-foot) tall working fountain referencing the transatlantic slave trade of both Britain and the United States.

An Andy Warhol exhibition which had only been open five days before the gallery was forced to close has been extended until November.

Tate Modern exterior. Photo: Tate Photography.

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