Ambitious Tate Modern project announced for 2012 Festival

Tate Modern Oil TanksThe modern art museum on London's river side is no stranger to large scale art installation and the chance to show off for the 2012 Festival is too good to resist. Phase One of the development includes the opening of the former power station's oil tanks which are enormous circular spaces over thirty metres across and seven metres high. These industrial chambers will act as innovative social and learning spaces and host a diverse programme of live performances and events.The east tank will provide the opportunity to showcase major new installations, while the south tank will feature film, performance, sound and discussions. The full programme for the Tate Modern oil tanks will be announced in early 2012."It is very exciting that the new development of Tate Modern, the world's most visited modern art gallery, will open during the London 2012 Festival which is the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad." - Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival Director Ruth MackenzieTate Modern Transforms, Impression of the nre building from the south at dusk © Herzog & de Meuron and Hayes Davidson 2009

A further series of neighbouring galleries will provide a range of new spaces for works from the Tate Collection, including two raw concrete galleries and a unique steel-lined gallery.

Phase two of the new development, which is planned to open at the latest in 2016, will complete the building and provide further floors of galleries.

The London 2012 Festival will bring together artists from all over the world from 21 June – 9 September 2012 for the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad.

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