Diary in Google Translate Retrospect 2001 London (2) Tate Modern

London's Tate Modern (https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern) is a national modern and contemporary museum with views of the financial district City and St. Paul's Cathedral across the Thames River. So, this is a major remodeling of the "Bankside Power Station" that was closed in 1981, leaving the 99-meter large chimney that was the symbol of the power plant and rebuilding a huge turbine hall into a large entrance hall. It opened on May 12, 2000 by skillfully reusing the equipment of the power plant.


The reason we went to Tate Modern was because the managing director of the company I was working for at the time was guided by the representative office manager during a business trip to London and liked it and enthusiastically recommended it to me.


And, 2001, which we visited, was just one year after the opening, and although the special exhibition was charged, the public exhibition and the permanent exhibition that exhibited many works such as paintings, sculptures, and installations were free of charge.


I was deeply grateful for the generosity of the British Empire, which opened such a masterpiece exhibition to overseas travelers free of charge while visiting the vast exhibition hall of Tate Modern.


I was also impressed by the generosity of the management, who opened an affordable cafe in a large area with a spectacular view of the Thames on the ground floor. Thanks to that, my friend and I were able to relax with milk tea and scones while enjoying the luxurious view without worrying about the budget.


At the cafe, young staff wearing dark brown salon aprons worked vigorously. 

As I learned later, this cafe preferentially hires art college students to support them who need expensive painting materials in addition to tuition fees.


In this way, I thought Tate Modern attracted art lovers from all over the world, not just the British, like a magnet.


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何故、私達がTate Modernに足を運んだか、その理由は、私が当時勤務していた会社の担当常務がLondon出張時に駐在員事務所長から案内されて気に入り、私に熱心に推薦したからだ。











このようにして、Tate Modernは英国民のみならず世界から美術愛好家を磁石のように惹きつけていると私は思った。