The Tanks

See performances, interactive art and video installations; these galleries celebrate new art

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
The entrance into the Tanks

© Rikard Österlund

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Experience live art, performance, film and video art in these gallery spaces

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This film celebrates the highlights of a 15 week festival dedicated to Art in Action in Tate Modern’s new underground space: The Tanks.

The Tanks provide a permanent gallery for live art, performances and a film and video work from the Tate collection. There is also a programme of new commissions of works made for the specific spaces.

The Tanks were previously used to store oil when the gallery was a power station. These huge circular spaces in the foundations of the Blavatnik Building have kept their rough, industrial feel to now house new art. No longer generating electricity, the Tanks generate ideas, creative energy and new possibilities for artists and audiences. These raw, industrial, subterranean spaces, each measuring over thirty metres across and seven metres high are the world’s first museum galleries permanently dedicated to exhibiting live art, performance, installation and film.

The Tanks at Tate Modern

Tanks Pillar Space © Rikard Österlund

Tanks foyer during The Tanks: Art in Action 2012 c.Tate photography

Tanks Foyer, 2012. c. Tate

Family participation in The Tanks: Art in Action.

Family Day: Sound and Performance in The Tanks, 2012. Photo: James Harris

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Fase: Four movements to the Music of Steve Reich 1982 Photo: Herman Sorgeloos

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Fase: Four movements to the Music of Steve Reich 1982 Photo: Herman Sorgeloos

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