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Tate Modern is the latest in a series of contemporary art museums which are not primarily concerned with art. Rather, they are toys of architects and curators

Tate modern is a fraud. I know of no other way to describe the yawning chasm which separates this impersonal hulk of a building and its embarrassingly spotty collections from the grandiose claims of Nicholas Serota, the Tate director, who has said that Tate Modern-dedicated to art since 1900-will “change the experience of living in one of the great metropolises of the western world.” The only thing that Tate Modern is going to change are property values on the south bank of the Thames, where Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron have transformed the vast old Bankside power…

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