Tate opens all hours for Matisse and Picasso
Saturday 17 August 2002
Tate Modern is opening round the clock this weekend to accommodate the thousands of people expected over the last two days of its Matisse Picasso exhibition.
More than 250,000 have visited the show on the two 20th-century painters since it opened in May to mark the second anniversary of the gallery.
Matisse Picasso has been the venue's most successful exhibition to date, and will be one of the all-time five most popular when it closes tomorrow night.
The exhibition opens at 10am this morning and closes 36 hours later at 10pm. Special tours will be given tonight and will include a bar featuring absinthe – the drink favoured by Paris-based artists in the early part of the last century.
The first tour will be hosted by the jazz musician George Melly at 11pm while Tim Marlow, the presenter of Channel 5's recent programmes on the Tate, will host another at midnight. Lizzy Cowling, the exhibition curator, will take a third tour at 1am. Screenings of BBC 2's recent two-part Omnibus programme on Matisse will take place through the night.
The gallery, on the south bank of the Thames in London, has already been forced to extend its opening until 10pm every night because of the show's popularity. It shows how the two painters, friends throughout their artistic lives, influenced each other yet followed diverse paths, Matisse concentrating on decorative form while Picasso focused on the intellectual aspects of art.
- 1 Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Halle Berry takes ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry to court for allegedly trying to make daughter look less African-American
- 4 Isis propaganda image showing 'abuse of Muslim woman by soldiers' is actually taken from Hungarian porn film
- 5 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
Turkish President: 'Equality between men and women is against nature'
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Ferguson decision: Tea Party website mocks Michael Brown's family over T-shirt typo
Michael Brown shooting: Ten things we know – or know better – now the Ferguson grand jury's work is over
Isis propaganda image showing 'abuse of Muslim woman by soldiers' is actually taken from Hungarian porn film
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: CHESHIRE MARKET TOWN - An exciting and rare o...
Excellent Salary : Austen Lloyd: NORTH HAMPSHIRE - SENIOR POSITION - An exciti...
£29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Gas Installation Engineer is required ...
£28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Domestic Gas Technical Surveyor is req...