A close up of an arrangement of blocks made out of sand to appear like a city skyline. in the backround and out of focus are two figures.
Free Entry Tate Modern Collection route

How Art Became Active

Until 15 November 2020

© Rikard Osterlund

Discover the story of how art became active from the 1960s to now on this route through the Blavatnik Building

You can visit all or some of the galleries in the Blavatnik Building on this route, as long as you follow the one-way system designed to keep all visitors safe. There will also be access to toilets, a shop and an opportunity to buy food and drink.

What you can see

In the Blavatnik building you can explore the Performer and Participant display which looks at artists who broke down the barriers between art and real life, with artists including Paul Neagu and Ana Lupas. The Living Cities display explores contemporary city life, with artists such as Mark Bradford and Monika Sosnowska. You will also be able to see ARTIST ROOMS: Ed Ruscha, a multiple room display of work by the influential American artist, known for his bold slogans. 

There will also be an opportunity to see Hyundai Commission: Kara Walker in the Turbine Hall.

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Monika Sosnowska, 'Pavilion' 2016
Monika Sosnowska
Pavilion 2016
© Monika Sosnowska
Mark Bradford, 'May Heaven Preserve You From Dangers and Assassins' 2010
Mark Bradford
May Heaven Preserve You From Dangers and Assassins 2010
© Mark Bradford
Ana Lupas, 'The Solemn Process' 1964–2008 (1964–74/76; 1980–5; 1985–2008)
Ana Lupas
The Solemn Process 1964–2008 (1964–74/76; 1980–5; 1985–2008)
© Ana Lupas
Edward Ruscha, 'The Music from the Balconies' 1984
Edward Ruscha
The Music from the Balconies 1984
ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland
© Edward Ruscha
Paul Neagu, 'Great Tactile Table' 1970
Paul Neagu
Great Tactile Table 1970
© Estate of Paul Neagu
Birdhead (Ji Weiyu, born 1980; Song Tao, born 1979), 'Welcome to Birdhead World Again' 2011
Birdhead (Ji Weiyu, born 1980; Song Tao, born 1979)
Welcome to Birdhead World Again 2011
© reserved

Rooms in this Route

Tate Modern Display

Living Cities

Artists around the world have examined the modern city in a range of works

Tate Modern Display

Performer and Participant

Discover how artists working between the 1960s and the 1990s opened up new spaces for participation

Tate Modern Display


Explore sixty years of work by influential American artist, Ed Ruscha

At Tate Modern

Tate Modern Collection route

All Tate Modern Collections

Until 1 Nov 2020

Explore modern and contemporary art from around the world on this route through Tate Modern

Tate Modern Exhibition

Andy Warhol

Until 15 Nov 2020

A new look at the extraordinary life and work of the pop art superstar


Entrance via the Turbine Hall

Tate Modern
Plan your visit


27 July – 15 November 2020

Currently booking as a separate collection route until 15 November

The Blavatnik Building can also be accessed on the All Tate Modern Collections route, which is booking until 31 December


FREE with ticket

  • Timed tickets must be booked online before visiting
  • You can also access this route with any exhibition ticket
  • All visitors, including Members, need to book a ticket

See Booking and Ticketing FAQs


  • Carefully managed visitor numbers
  • A one-way route
  • Increased cleaning regimes in toilets and high use areas
  • Protective screens on desks and counters
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery
  • The cloakroom is closed so avoid bringing bulky coats or bags


  • Only visit with people from your household or support bubble (maximum group size six)
  • Please follow all the safety instructions onsite
  • Keep your distance and act on any guidance our staff give you
  • Wear a face covering, unless you are exempt
  • Pay by card or contactless
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided and wash your hands regularly
  • If you are not feeling well, help keep everyone safe by staying at home

For more information take a look through our frequently asked questions.

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