The Tanks: Art in Action

Tate Modern is celebrating the opening of its inspiring new exhibition space with a fifteen-week festival of performance art and events.

Washing Brain and Corn, Sung Hwan Kim, 2010, video still © Sung Hwan Kim

Washing Brain and Corn, Sung Hwan Kim, 2010, video still

The interiors of these converted Bankside oil tanks form the backdrop to a sensational series of events and performance art. Art in Action features works as diverse as Suzanne Lacy’s Crystal Quilt – a multimedia exploration of the role of older women in society – and Fase, a contemporary dance piece by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker set to the music of Steve Reich.

Venue details

Tate Modern Bankside London SE1 9TG 020 7887 8888

Entry details

Many events are free but some performances are ticketed. See the Tate website for more information.

Daily, 10am – 6pm, Fri and Sat until 10pm (last admission to special exhibitions 45 mins before closing)

To book tickets visit the Tate website.

What the critics say


The Tanks are, in their best moments, a step towards such active forms of thinking.


Tate Modern's gift for having it all looks as healthy as ever.

  • Rachel Spence
  • FT