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What started in 1897 as a single gallery of 65 paintings devoted solely to British art, has grown and diversified over the last century, providing an essential supplement to the collections of the National Gallery.
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The Tate now comprises nearly 70,000 works, spread across four separate museums: Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. Tate Liverpool, similarly to Tate Modern, displays major exhibitions of international contemporary works.
While Tate Liverpool has no permanent collection of its own, its contents cycle constantly through the vast centralised Tate archive of work. Its strength lies in major exhibitions, which have included, in recent years, the work of Klimt and the Chapman Brothers, and a major Magritte show.
The gallery's expertise in mounting special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art has allowed it to tour events to the US, Korea and Japan, as well as across Europe.
Art Funded works
Millais's Christ in the House of his Parents is an unusual blend of symbolism and faithful realism " Millais based his work on a real carpenter's shop in Oxford Street. Wood, Nails and blood all anticipate the crucifixion, bringing a bitter edge to this domestic scene. The painting was not without its detractors, however, with Dickens famously denouncing Millais for rendering Christ as 'a hideous, wry-necked, blubbering, red-haired boy in a night-gown.' Turner's 1842 watercolour The Blue Rigi is one of three paintings by the artist of this same Swiss mountain peak. Each is considered among the finest examples of the medium, distinguished by the delicacy and animation of their play of light.
The Tate Liverpool café offers views of the historic Albert Dock and serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, with hot and cold meals and excellent coffee on offer.