Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Tate Modern - Miro Exhibition

Welcome back to Access London everyone, thanks once again for your continued support for disability access and awareness in the capital.

Today's post looks at the Tate Modern and one of its current exhibitions - Miro. I wrote a post on Tate Britain a couple of months ago which describes the access to that gallery, please scroll down to previous posts if you are interested in visiting that attraction also.

Joan Miró
The Farm, 1921-2
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Gift of Mary Hemingway
© Successió Miró/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2011

Tate Modern is situated right on the river front between Southwark and and London Bridge tube stations. The Thames pathway that runs along past the gallery is a wide and accessible walkway along the river Thames and is a great way to visit the gallery. You can also travel between the two London Tate galleries on the Tate River Boat which is accessible to wheelchair users. Alternatively, if you are driving to the gallery, there are 5 disabled parking spaces onsite that can be booked in advance by calling 020 7887 8888.

The gallery is open 10.00-18.00 Sunday to Thursday and 10.00-22.00 Fridays and Saturdays.

Joan Miró
The Escape Ladder 1940
Museum of Modern Art, New York
© Successió Miró/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2011

Both the Main Entrance on Holland Street and the River Entrance on Queen's Walk are accessible to those with disabilities. Inside the gallery there are lifts to all exhibition floors and there are accessible toilets on each floor also.

In addition, the gallery has 10 wheelchairs and 2 mobility scooters that can be booked in advanced and used within the gallery for those who do not have their own - please call 020 7887 8888.

The Tate Modern currently has its Miro exhibition running until September 11th 2011.
This is a relatively large exhibition running throughout more than a dozen rooms in the gallery. It depicts the work of Joan Miro, the renowned Spanish Surrealist painter, and exhibits work from across six decades of his carrer.

Joan Miró
Still Life with Old Shoe 1937
Museum of Modern Art, New York
© Successió Miró/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2011

"Joan Miro's works come to London in the first major retrospective here for nearly 50 years. Renowned as one of the greatest Surrealist painters, filling his paintings with luxuriant colour, Miro worked in a rich variety of styles. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy more than 150 paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints from moments across the six decades of his career."

The captions and free booklet you are given upon entry to the exhibition describe moments in his personal and professional life and include revelations about this very political artist - including his involvement in the Spanish Civil War and subsequent exile. With many of Miro's most striking pieces of work featured in the exhibition, it is one not to be missed.

Joan Miró
May 68, 1968 - 1973
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
Photo: Jaume Blassi
© Successió Miró/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2011

The exhibition rooms are very accessible and large with plenty of room for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. There is a concession price for disabled visitors and 1 carer can enter for free with every disabled guest.

Tate Modern also has a dedicated Access Programme that includes: Hearing Loops, BSL Multimedia Guides, BSL Talks, Large-Print Caption and Exhibition Guides, Audio-Described Highlight Tours, Touch Tours and Visual Descriptive Tours. For more information on any of these and other access queries, please call 020 7887 8888.

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