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Oil storage tanks become Tate Modern attraction

posted on 13 July 2012 | posted in General News

The Tate Modern is set to put an oil storage tank at the centre of one of its newest creative schemes. Starting from Wednesday (July 18th), The Tanks will provide the London art facility with new galleries in which to display live art, reported metro.co.uk. The Tate Modern is housed in the former home of Bankside power station - hence its huge turbine hall too. The art centre hopes to entice the public into the oil storage tanks to enjoy performance art sessions, with a host of shows lined up as part of the London 2012 Festival that is running alongside the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in the capital. Catherine Wood, curator of contemporary art and performance at the Tate Modern, said: "Performance art was something of a dirty word but artists have rediscovered it in the past decade. They've thrown out the parts they didn't like in favour of making live events part of their practice as painters, sculptors, video or installation artists." Reviewing The Tanks in guardian.co.uk's Architecture section, reporter Rowan Moore suggested the underground galleries may turn out to be one of the most memorable buildings to open this year. He described how the oil storage tanks are seven metres tall and have a diameter of 30 metres, with the design being led by the same firm - Herzog & De Meuron - that created the Bird's Nest stadium built in China for the Beijing Olympic Games 2008.
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