The Tate galleries are reopening a little earlier than expected.
Paint-by-numbers is about the closest we’ve come to fine art during the lockdown, so we’re champing at the bit to get back to London’s mesmerising art galleries. Handily, two of the best will be back in our lives earlier than we thought, as Tate Modern and Tate Britain are set to resume on Monday, July 27, over four months after the pair—along with Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives—closed on March 17.
Tate Director Maria Balshaw, while speaking to The Art Newspaper, initially said that the gallery group had planned their reopening for “early August”, but that has fortunately been brought forward.
Entry will remain free, but visitors, including Tate Members, must book a timed slot in advance. Many other social distancing and safety measures will be in place, such as one-way routes around the gallery. Masks or face coverings will be recommended but not required.
Many exhibitions have been extended or postponed as a result of the galleries’ closure. The epic Andy Warhol show will continue in place until November 15, while Kara Walker’s Hyundai Commission has been extended and will stay in place until November 8. There is no news just yet on when we can expect the arrival of Yayoi Kusama’s infinity rooms, but new dates will be announced soon.
At Tate Britain, Steve McQueen’s ‘Year 3’ project has been extended and will stay open until January 31, 2021, and ‘Aubrey Beardsley’ has been prolonged and will stay open until September 20.