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A gallery for modern art

In 1917 Tate was officially given responsibility for the nation's modern foreign works as well as British works, and for the next 83 years the collections were housed and exhibited side-by-side within the Gallery at Millbank. The creation of a separate gallery for the modern international works in order to create more exhibition space and strengthen the separate identities of the two collections, had been discussed many times during those years, but by the late 1980s it became clear that the collection had outgrown its home at Millbank and a new gallery was a matter of urgency.

In December 1992 a press conference was held to announce plans to create a new Tate Gallery of Modern Art by 2000 and the hunt began for an appropriate site.
Tate Modern brochure
Tate Modern brochure

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