Tate Liverpool is Britain’s largest modern art gallery outside London. It has a collection of art by international and British artists and hosts a programme of rotating exhibits taken from the gallery’s archives.
What to see at Tate Liverpool
The Tate Liverpool is split between displays of its permanent collection and a programme of temporary exhibitions.
The highlights of the permanent collection are on display in the Constellations exhibit. This display shows the connections between contemporary artists and it includes artwork by LS Lowry, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Andy Warhol, Lynda Benglis and Max Ernst.
Artworks in the Constellations exhibit include Industrial Landscape (1955) by LS Lowry, Cossacks (1910–1901) by Wassily Kandinsky, Self-Portrait (1986) by Andy Warhol, Quartered Meteor (1969) by Lynda Benglis and Men Shall Know Nothing of This (1923) by Max Ernst.
Like the Tate Modern in London, a large portion of the gallery is set aside for temporary exhibitions. Current and upcoming temporary exhibitions include:
The Keith Haring exhibition (running until 10 November 2019) features over 85 works. The exhibition shows how activism has played a major role in the themes of his art and many of the works exhibit the signature style that Haring is famous for. £12.50.
Sol Calero: El Autobús
This exhibition (running until 10 November 2019) is comprised of colourful large-scale installations by Venezuelan-born Berlin-based artist, Sol Calero, that have been inspired by Latin America. Free.
This exhibition (13 December 2019–15 March 2020) features large colourful paintings that have been inspired by the tropical landscape of the artist’s home, Guatemala. Free.
Theaster Gates: Amalgam
The Amalgam exhibition (13 December 2019–4 May 2020) by American artist Theaster Gates features a variety of installations combining sculpture, film, music and dance. £10.50.
Candice Breitz: Love Story
Love Story (9 April–7 June 2020) is a video installation highlighting the stories of six refugees. It starts out with actors Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore performing parts of the interviews followed by the full interviews presented by six people who were forced to flee their home countries. Free.
Liverpool Biennial 2020
The Liverpool Biennial (11 July–25 October 2020) features a series of events and free exhibitions taking place at various venues across Liverpool including the Tate. Free.
This exhibition by Mexican mural artist Aliza Nisenbaum (27 November 2020–7 March 2021) features large scale works depicting different members of the local Liverpool community. Free.
Visiting Tate Liverpool
Tate Liverpool is located at Albert Dock and there are several other attractions nearby including the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Slavery Museum, the Beatles Story and the Museum of Liverpool, which are all less than a five-minute walk away.
There is no entry fee to visit the permanent displays, although many of the temporary exhibitions have an admission charge. The Tate is open 10am–5.30pm every day.
The gallery is fully wheelchair accessible.
There is a gift shop and cafe inside the Tate complex and there are lots of places to eat and drink nearby.
Most visitors spend 1–2 hours in the museum.