Tate Modern museum visit

Tate Modern visit After visiting the Tate Modern Museum in London from University for the first time, I have to honestly say that I wasn’t very satisfied. Maybe their perceptions of art is completely the opposite to mine, which of course Art itself has no definition. Though, to an extent some pieces of simple canvas’s splattered with red paint is something we should agree-to-disagree.

Sidney Nolan 1971-1992. Inland Australia 1950. Oil Paint on Hardboard
Sidney Nolan 1971-1992. Inland Australia 1950. Oil Paint on Hardboard.

Having said that, it was interesting to see such vast variety of art in one building, this which consisted of landscapes, portraits, sculptures and videos. There was one painting in particular that my eyes drew upon. Sidney Nolan. Inland Australia I ceased the moment to quickly take a photograph of this painting. Whirring my camera around looking for astonishing art, this piece stood out the most. I could see the connections between myself and this painting, which may have stemmed from the fact that the painting was a landscape and had a photography style to it. The wide view of this location looked undeniably mezmorising but simply calm, subtle and relieving. It denoted this isolated world in which was beautifully painted with its soft brush strokes and calm, sea blue sky. The questioning of where this eery place is, circulated around my mind, yet the beauty of it invaded the confusion.

Tristram Hillier
Tristram Hillier 1905-1983. Composition 1933 (Interior). Oil paint on board.

I also came stumbled across this painting, called ‘Interior’ by Tristram Hillier (1905-1983). The composition was stunning. With the subjects appropriately and meaningfully placed in the frame, it visually created this ambiguous yet personal ambience. In terms of ambiguity, it made me question ‘Who’s these objects belonged to’ and reminded of a Painter’s room. Could it have been Hillier’s painting room? Though this vague perception allowed me to think beyond the room. For example, the most interesting piece of the painting was the open door with what seemed like an ocean full of waves. Immediately I connoted this sense of freedom but also danger and curiosity. The room seemed abandoned after maybe a distressful blizzard, which was reinforced through the fallen down paintings, lenient stand, stumbled, rope and flying newspapers.


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