New-look Tate Britain unveiled
- Tate Britain
- 19 November 2013
A £45 million development project has transformed the Grade II* Millbank building at the gallery.
Tate Britain's domed Millbank entrance reopens today, more than 100 years after the Sidney Smith-designed building first welcomed the public in 1897.
Architecture firm Caruso St John led the renovation, which includes a new spiral staircase in the centre of the atrium, a members' cafe and bar in the circular balcony and the reopening of the refurbished Rex Whistler restaurant on the lower floor.
There is also a new Archive Gallery, for which different contributors will select items solely from Tate's archives to create a temporary display. Paul Noble has curated the inaugural show, drawing on pieces by Cy Twombly, Carl Andre and Anthony Caro, as well as his own works, to create a symbolic account of the history of the Millbank area.
This is the second phase in the project, following on from the rehang of Tate Britain's collection which was completed in May 2013.
The ten galleries in the Millbank building include displays such as the BP Walk through British Art and Martin Creed's Work No 227: The lights going on and off, which was acquired with the support of the Art Fund.