Tate Modern Collection route

How Art Became Active

A close up of an arrangement of blocks made out of sand to appear like a city skyline. in the backround and out of focus are two figures.

© Rikard Osterlund

Discover the story of how art became active from the 1960s to now on this route through the Blavatnik Building

You can visit all or some of the galleries in the Blavatnik Building on this route, as long as you follow the one-way system designed to keep all visitors safe. There will also be access to toilets, a shop and an opportunity to buy food and drink.

What you can see

In the Blavatnik building you can explore the Performer and Participant display which looks at artists who broke down the barriers between art and real life, with artists including Paul Neagu and Ana Lupas. The Living Cities display explores contemporary city life, with artists such as Mark Bradford and Monika Sosnowska. You will also be able to see ARTIST ROOMS: Ed Ruscha, a multiple room display of work by the influential American artist, known for his bold slogans. 

There will also be an opportunity to see Hyundai Commission: Kara Walker in the Turbine Hall.

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Monika Sosnowska, ‘Pavilion’ 2016
Monika Sosnowska
Pavilion 2016
© Monika Sosnowska
Mark Bradford, ‘May Heaven Preserve You From Dangers and Assassins’ 2010
Mark Bradford
May Heaven Preserve You From Dangers and Assassins 2010
© Mark Bradford
Ana Lupas, ‘The Solemn Process’ 1964–2008 (1964–74/76; 1980–5; 1985–2008)
Ana Lupas
The Solemn Process 1964–2008 (1964–74/76; 1980–5; 1985–2008)
© Ana Lupas
Edward Ruscha, ‘The Music from the Balconies’ 1984
Edward Ruscha
The Music from the Balconies 1984
ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland
© Edward Ruscha
Paul Neagu, ‘Great Tactile Table’ 1970
Paul Neagu
Great Tactile Table 1970
© Estate of Paul Neagu
Birdhead (Ji Weiyu, born 1980; Song Tao, born 1979), ‘Welcome to Birdhead World Again’ 2011
Birdhead (Ji Weiyu, born 1980; Song Tao, born 1979)
Welcome to Birdhead World Again 2011
© reserved

Tate Modern

Entrance via the Turbine Hall

London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit


27 July – 15 November 2020

Currently booking as a separate collection route until 15 November

The Blavatnik Building can also be accessed on the All Tate Modern Collections route, which is booking until 31 December

Rooms in this Route

  • Tate Modern

    Living Cities

    14 Jun 2016 – 3 Jan 2021

    Artists around the world have examined the modern city in a range of works

  • Tate Modern

    Performer and Participant


    Discover how artists working between the 1960s and the 1990s opened up new spaces for participation

  • Tate Modern

    ARTIST ROOMS: Ed Ruscha

    Until 18 July 2021

    Explore sixty years of work by influential American artist, Ed Ruscha


At Tate Modern