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:
Ideas Depot (until 27 September 2020) is an exhibition co-curated with primary school teachers from across Liverpool. The exhibition features a diverse selection of artworks including works by Salvador Dalí, Anya Gallaccio and Chris Ofili. Free.
Liverpool Biennial 2020
The Liverpool Biennial (11 July–1 November 2020) features a series of events and free exhibitions taking place at various venues across Liverpool including the Tate. Free.
Mikhail Karikis: Ferocious Love
Ferocious Love (27 July–22 November 2020) is an audio-visual installation that is inspired by environmental activism.
Op Art in Focus
This exhibition (new dates to be announced) focuses on the Op art movement that emerged during the 1960s. Op art, short for optical art, is a form of contemporary art that plays on optical illusion with lines, geometric shapes and colour that is designed to fool the eye. The exhibition includes an installation of Jim Lambie’s Zobop that takes up the gallery floor and it also features works by contemporary artists including Angela Bulloch. Free.
Candice Breitz: Love Story
Love Story (new dates to be announced) 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.
The Don McCullin exhibition (16 September 2020–9 May 2021) features more than 250 of the British photographer’s photos taken over the last 60 years. It includes wartime photojournalism from the conflicts in Vietnam and Syria as well as photographs depicting working-class life in England. In addition to McCullin’s photographs, the exhibition also features magazine spreads, contact sheets and the Nikon camera that took a bullet in Cambodia. £13.
This exhibition by Mexican mural artist Aliza Nisenbaum (15 December 2020–27 June 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.