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 Emily Speed exhibition (until 5 January 2022) is the artist’s first major solo UK exhibition and features work in a variety of media including drawing, film, sculpture and performance art.
Lucian Freud: Real Lives
Lucian Freud: Real Lives (until 16 January 2022) showcases the artist’s distinctive style of portraiture. £10.
This exhibition (until 13 March 2022) is the first UK retrospective exhibition of Brussels-based artist, Lucy McKenzie. The exhibition features over 80 works from 1997 to the present day, with works including fashion and design, large-scale architectural paintings and tromp l’œil works. £10.
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.
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.