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BDSM Tate Modern

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Just back from the really obnoxious Tate Modern and the even more obnoxious opening of the £45 million extension to said creche-for-middle- class-parents a.k.a London’s most trendy art gallery.

There were two points of interest to the visit:

a) They’ve called the £45 million extension “Switch House.”

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Which is pretty funny if you’re a fan of San Francisco sex clubs. You’ll know that when you go to many of them, you get given three badges to chose from: “Top,” “Bottom” and “Switch,” which means you’re happy both ways.

Does this mean that the new Tate Modern gallery space will be nicknamed the “BDSM Wing”? Or “Betty Bothways House,” maybe? Apparently, they’re going to have little containers in there with people doing “performance art” as they’re calling it. Maybe it’ll be of the interesting performance variety.

My b) point is that when I arrived at the Tate Modern this morning, there were two cops on horseback walking around the Ai Weiwei tree installation.

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What a nasty piece of art, by the way, that tree.  Bolts and nails going through various re-constructed bits of trunk and branch. Supposedly representing the “rapid urbanisation and economic growth,” of China.

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Whatever. It’s very un-eco sexy. Real tree torture. But back to the animals.  I made a joke that the guy on the white horse was Bianca Jagger in cop drag. Studio 54 reference. Look it up. But then I spoke to the producer of “Switched On,” this Saturday’s BBC 2 documentary on the revamping of the Tate Modern. He, Edmund Moriarty, informed me that the cops on horses were, in fact,  part of an art installation. The idea was to convey the oppression of riots in Cuba. It didn’t work very well. All the nice smiley Tate Modern visitors were going, “Oh look at the nice horses.”

Just looking at the horses and forgetting the man-made stuff around was a great feeling though.

 

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