Further to my original post, Tate Modern arranged for an after hours access visit to the exhibition on 18th December, 2011. This was led by Marcus Dickey Horley of Tate Modern and we had the exhibition to ourselves for well over 2 hours. Marcus personally greeted everyone and met and made sure departures went smoothly.
Group gathers around Candle (Kerze) with Marcus talking about the painting.
One of the amazing aspects of Richter’s work is that he continued to paint in a photographic way while experimenting with other abstract art and the use of glass, mirrors in providing some dynamic or even kinetic image on passing by. This was something I hadn’t appreciated at the time though I did note some of the visual effects his artwork had. It was also interesting to hear other peoples’ views and how they perceived such artwork. Various names such as Richard Hamilton and Duschamp and Corbusier were mentioned as the various exhibits were discussed.
Professor Whitestick using a festive cane to demonstrate ventilation grill symmetry on Silicate. Marcus to the right.
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Tate Modern is located in the old Bankside Power Station and the building has been adapted to form gallery space including use of the turbine hall. I have been in “working” turbine halls in Cruachan (hydro), Chapelcross (nuclear) and many thermal power/desalination plants. These spaces are cavernous, as your ears soon detect. I had been to Tate Modern before with a friend about 8 years ago and enjoyed the visit. Recently, I have been aware of Tate Modern on travelling on the Thames Clipper and crossing the
On arriving, I was pleasantly surprised when Emiliana at the desk asked if I could make use of the touch screen audio tour. I tried it and although I could not navigate the screen, Emiliana gave me details of facilities should I return on my own. This was a kind gesture as we had not sought any particular assistance. My friend had been twice before to the exhibition and is used to reading out captions and describing items which I obviously miss and listening to images which I perceive. We must have spent 2 hours going round the exhibition.
Many thanks to Emiliana and my friend who took me and wrote down my comments and observations for posterity!