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A Pictorial History Of The Tate Modern And Bankside Power Station

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TEN years ago, the looming Bankside Power Station opened as the Tate Modern art gallery. And it was fantastic. It wasn’t just a sign that French people do use the toilet – it’s called Duchamp’s Fountain (and they want it back) – and a chance to walk a wobbly bridge that puts the fun back in walking. It was a massive building that hadn’t been turned into flats, and it kept South London dragons at bay. To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a gallery of the best art to grace the venue, and even pictures of when the original Bankside power station was constructed.


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The first stage of the preparations for the erection of the new Bankside Generating station, across the River Thames from St.Pauls Cathedral, in Southwark.