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“Mondrian”

Turner Contemporary
Ranked #3 of 54 things to do in Margate
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Enjoyable visit to see the Mondrian exhibition. Good position, easy to find. Good to see it being used by local schools, but coud not see everything because rooms were being used.

Thank Daisy367
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Layout over to floors, big windows that let natural light through, right in the water front promenade. Good restaurant/ cafe, perfect for brunch on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

This was my second visit, and I was hoping that some improvements had been made, but it was worse. Good point first. The cafe - good coffee, good range of food. After that the place is a triumph of design over function. All the signs, from 'push' on the doors to the toilets and the descriptions of the art works are far too small to notice. The exception being the lift where there is no sign and people are left to struggle up dimly lit concrete stairs. The door handles, taps etc are obviously bespoke design, but they don't work properly and it's difficult to fathom how they are supposed to operate. The door springs are too strong for children and old people to overcome. Having walked through what looks like a fire escape ( again no signs ) to the exhibition you then find the darker paintings are dimly lit and the bright ones more adequately, but the noise from an open corridor leading to a teaching room full of small children spoils any hope of quiet reflection on the art. I just couldn't get out of there quickly enough and despise the way that no consideration is given to how the visitor is able to use the space, safety or those with disabilities unless they are unfortunate enough to be in a wheelchair.

2  Thank Holly288
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Having belatedly been lured here by the Mondrian exhibition, I was advised by the helpful Guard on my train that I should look for the disappointing ‘industrial-style’ building on the sea-front; and indeed my first sight of the place was a bit disconcerting. But don’t be put off by first impressions: this is a beautifully designed gallery – a wonderful place for exhibiting artworks, and with generous public spaces with huge views out to sea. Attention seems to have been given to the design of every detail, from study-rooms to door-handles and banisters; and our whole visit was a really positive aesthetic experience. A personal one too, with conspicuously delightful staff, both in the gallery and in its excellent café. The latter extends on to a good-sized terrace, from which there is a great view down and across the harbour; and the whole feels pleasingly integrated with the town rather than (as often seems to happen) seeming to be a thing apart. With its imaginative menu and its home-made cakes etc, the café is a great place for lunch or drinks; and this whole place provides a wonderful boost for the town.

1  Thank Listergate
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

The Turner sums up the argument for us poor folk about what is art. I love going its funny, most of us are terrified that we won't understand the art, and I love the look on peoples faces as they really don't know how to react by some of the almost comical stuff that is served up as art. There was a debate wall where you could add comments on post it notes, one said art is everything and everywhere. In that case don't waste lottery money on this preserve of the pretentious. The best canvas is the view of the sea outside. But do visit sometimes they have Turners work which is fab, others tools of discarded film which is apparently art, or random pages of typing, it's surreal and downright funny at times.

Thank Dirtbag7
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