So the show is finally open! We've got some posts coming up showing how we installed some of the most technically-challenging works, but in the meantime, our film team took a bit of time out to see what visitors on the show's opening night thought.


If you’ve been one of the first to see it this week, we’d love to hear what you thought too.


deirdre mcardle

Brian Sewell is right.

anthony o'brien

Unfortunately our visit to the special exhibition of Gaugain at The Tate Modern was stressful, noisy and crowded, the exhibits too close together, far too many people in at one time including huge pushchairs. This has put us off attending any more of these special chargeable exhibitions. I paint in water colour and have found local exhibitions with local artists far more enjoyable and inspiring.

Christine Smith

In response to Anthony O'Brien's comment: Are you suggesting that women with children shouldn't be allowed in to view large important exhibitions? Yes indeed, stick to attending your local events as they seem much more up your street.


deirdre mcardle

well yeah quite funny actually but in 1980 when my son was in his 'stroller' as the Yanks call it we were asked to leave the Guggenheim in NY , you know how it spirals down, we've laughed about it ever since that he might have flown down like something in a fairground.Of course buggies are a lot bigger now ,be fair !

sunil rashel

Brian Sewell article was so vicious it was almost funny; obviously he thinks Hiller is some kind of major threat to UK cultural life. The exhibition is wonderful, wonderful and very crowded when I went there today. Too bad about the admission price though.

Paul Loeffler

Brian Sewell clearly doesnt "get" contemporary art at all obviously, and never has done. The show is totally amazing, the best thing I've seen in ages. Witness is an incredible work, chilling and funny at the same time. And the one about vanishing languages is so sad and touching it made me cry. Lots of other great works too. You could spend hours and hours there (and I did), so I don't think its overpriced at all really compared to the rubbish that's in the cinema for instance.

jane palmer

the tate is normally really good about providing facilities for children and so on, but big blockbusters like the Gaugin can get a bit too crowded. I'll definitely be going to this, though. I saw a show of Susan Hiller's work in Liverpool a few years ago and it really made a lasting impression. Some of it was pretty scary though. There was a piece with punch and judy films projected really huge, and I remember there being a sign saying children must be accompanied by adults. Maybe best to leave the kids at home then!

Margaret Hayes

Brian Sewell was right; I found nearly everything uninteresting, uninvolving and unoriginal. The Freud room had some interesting items in the boxes, (though it was difficult to read the captions for those on the lower level) but what were they doing in an art gallery? They should have been in an ethnological museum, or the Wellcome Collection. The rest was banal and pointless.

Chris Timmis

I may not be a superior being like Brian Sewell, but I found this exhibition highly entertaining, thought provoking and moving. The intellectual topics are important ones, such as death, heroism, loss, homage, and the supernatural. The context is of ordinary people - hacks colouring in postcards, a child trying to save his sister, the last survivors of a dying race, the traveller with a supernatural experience. The presentation is varied and entertaining. Of course I could not engage with everything, but after a couple of fascinating hours I came away with memories of some striking images, some deep emotional responses, and some ideas to contemplate over the next few weeks.

deirdre mcardle

the supernatural an intellectual topic? oh dear.

Chris Timmis

The investigation into a possible supernatural or after-life is clearly an activity of the intellect. Whether or not one believes in either does not change this. I happen not to believe in UFOs, but I am still curious enough to be interested in the recordings in "Witness" and ultimately to form my own judgements.