Turbine Hall

Visit this vast, iconic space for large-scale sculpture and site-specific installation art

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
An overview of Tate Modern's Turbine Hall

© Rikard Osterlund

The Turbine Hall has hosted some of the world’s most memorable and acclaimed works of contemporary art. And the way artists have interpreted this vast industrial space has revolutionised public perceptions of contemporary art in the twenty-first century.

The Turbine Hall has a vast and dramatic entrance area with ramped access, as well as display space for large-scale sculptural projects and site-specific installation art. Running parallel to the Turbine Hall is the Natalie Bell Building, home to the galleries and various viewing pointings looking into the hall. On the opposite side of the building, the newly developed Blavatnik Building also houses galleries and dramatic architectural features.

Photograph of children in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern

© Rikard Österlund

A space for artist commissions

In thinking about what Tate Modern was going to do with this space, the idea of commissioning within it came quite late on ... We realised [the Turbine Hall] was a hugely significant space; awe-inspiring in its scale, and to ask any artist to occupy that space, to perform within it, would be a momentous undertaking.

Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern

Louise Bourgeois created the first Turbine Hall commission, I Do, I Undo, I Redo, which was exhibited from 12 May – 26 November 2000. Consisting of three steel towers – each some 9 metres (30 ft) high –visitors could climb the staircases to the platforms, which Bourgeois envisaged would become stages for intimate and revelatory encounters between strangers and friends alike. Maman – a monumental steel spider – was made for the opening of Tate Modern as part of this commission. The sculpture was installed on the bridge, overlooking the three tall steel towers.

Tower-like metal sculpture in turbine hall

Louise Bourgeois
I Do, I Undo, I Redo 2000

Anish Kapoor Marsyas 2002

Anish Kapoor

Sun-like installation in turbine hall

Olafur Eliasson
The Weather Project 2003

Stacked white cubes in turbine hall

Rachel Whiteread

A giant slide in the turbine hall

Carsten Höller
Test Site 2006

Millions of sunflower seeds on the floor of the turbine hall

Ai Wei Wei
Sunflower Seeds 2010

A giant colourful light piece

Tacita Dean 
Film 2011

Large fabric and wood sculpture

Richard Tuttle
I Don’t Know. The Weave of Textile Language 2014

The Turbine Hall in numbers

Height from ground level: 26m (85ft).

Size of area where works of art can be shown: 3,300 m2 (35,520 sq ft).

Length: 155m (500 ft), width: 23 m (75 ft), height: 35 m (115 ft).

Roof light consists of 524 glass panes.

Total area of basements under Turbine Hall, boiler house and sub-station: approx 1.1 hectares (2.75 acres), with an average depth: 8.5 m (28 ft).

Since opening in 2000 over 60 million visitors have experienced the Turbine Hall.


Central space at Tate Modern, Bankside

Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG
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