Turner’s Modern World




One of Britain’s greatest artists, J.M.W. Turner lived and worked at the peak of the industrial revolution. Steam replaced sail; machine-power replaced manpower; political and social reforms transformed society.

Many artists ignored these changes but Turner faced up to these new challenges. This exhibition will show how he transformed the way he painted to better capture this new world.

Beginning in the 1790s, when Turner first observed the effects of modern life, the exhibition will follow his fascination with the impact of industrialisation. It will show how he became involved in the big political questions of the time: campaigning against slavery and making paintings that expressed the horrors of the Napoleonic Wars.

This landmark exhibition will bring together major works by Turner from Tate and other collections, including The Fighting Temeraire 1839 and Rail, Steam and Speed 1844. It will explore what it meant to be a modern artist in his lifetime and present an exciting new perspective on his work and life.

Currently booking until 31 December 2020

Timed tickets must be booked before visiting
All visitors including Members need to book a ticket
This ticket includes access to the British art collection routes
Members also get access to the Turner and Rothko collection route

Duration 28 October 2020 - 07 March 2021
Times Monday to Sunday 10.00–18.00
Cost £22 - advance booking required
Venue Tate Britain
Address Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG
Contact / visiting.britain@tate.org.uk / www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain

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