I went with my mum, dad and little brother to Liverpool on 29th May to see the Tate Liverpool Museum. If you don't know what Tate is, it is a chain of modern art museum's all around Britain, the most famous is Tate Modern in London. I liked the museum more than lots of other art museums because it was fun, colourful and had more new art in it, which I find much more interesting than some other art museums and galleries with older artwork in.
When we first walked into the museum it was quite big, spacious and empty. There was no art on the ground floor but then a lady came up to us and told us that the first floor was being re-done, so we couldn't go there, but the second and third floor were open.
We first went to the second floor, I noticed that all the art there was very colourful but simplistic which I liked. There were lots of colourful shapes put together to make patterns which I thought looked really cool and effective. My favourite piece in this area was one made up of lots of different sized circles and semi-circles all made of different colours. This piece influenced me to try it myself so using a similar idea, I made my own version (in my Arts Award book). This was probably one of my favourite parts of the whole museum. There was also another one which I liked called 'No. VI / Composition No.11 1920'. Which was simply just horizontal and vertical lines arranged to make lots of different rectangles which were then all painted different colours.
The next room we went into I didn't like as much; it was still abstract but it was quite confusing. Everything could be interpreted in different ways and made you have to think about what it was and how the artist wanted you to see it. For example there was a black and white photo of what to me looked like lots of small twigs of a tree on a black background, but when I read what it actually was it was a microscopic photo of lots of spiders legs! There were also things like misshapen people and pictures re-arranged in different, and strange ways. However, there were some pieces in this room that I did really like: my favourite was a picture of the London Underground Network but instead of the names of the stations, there were names of famous celebrities. It was called 'The Great Bear 1992' The meaning of this was to challenge our expectations that we can trust maps and diagrams. I found this picture really fun to look at and an interesting perspective of art.
After we left the second floor we went upstairs, the third floor was all based around op-art. Op-art was first used in the 1960's, it is made mostly of bold, contrasting colours, lines, and geometric shapes to create perception: making you thing something is moving when it really isn't. Most of the art changed depending on were you stood which I thought was really clever and looked very effective. But some of it only moved when you pressed a button to turn on a motor which then triggered something to move. Lots of them had texture to it and wasn't just a flat picture- one of them, called 'Continual Mobile, Continual Light' was made of lots of small, aluminium squares hung one after another on seven pieces of nylon thread which were constantly, slowly spinning in circles. The background was made of a large piece of white, painted wood. I thought it looked really good, as the shadow of the aluminium squares looked really pretty slowly spinning around. This was my favourite piece on the whole floor.
There were also lots more bigger pieces of art on it, not the type of art that you would usually see. They weren't your typical sculptures of people naked they were more modernized and fun. One of my favourites looked like a giant pile of molten lava coming out of the side of the wall! It was made by Lynda Benglis, who poured polyurethane foam into the corner of an art gallery as it solidified she thought the look of the waves in the foam were very effective so she recreated it using steel! Another piece I really liked was of the back of a women made of marble with no clothes on, who was looking for something to wear in a giant pile of old, worn out, clothes. It was called 'Venus of the Rags' by Michelangelo Pistoletto. He made the piece to represent 'Poor Art' and show the comparison of a 'Roman Goddess' and a pile of second-hand clothes.
Once we had finished looking around the floor we left the museum. I really enjoyed visiting Tate Liverpool and would probably even go to saying its one of my favourite museums I've been too. I really liked how they are showing art by new, young, upcoming artists instead of traditional, old painting all of similar things. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has thought about visiting and I would also be happy to visit other Tate museums that I haven't been to before. There were parts that I liked better than others but it does just depend on what type of art you like. But if you're like me - you'll probably really like it too!