The Tate Modern London with three floors of gallery space is ready to open.

Situated in a former power station along the banks of the River Thames in central London, the Tate Modern will open to the public next week.

It's a disused 1950s power station but now it’s being called the Cathedral of Cool.

The Tate Modern will showcase some of the foremost works of art of the twentieth century. The gallery is dominated by the 115 foot high turbine hall and three floors of gallery space.

The exhibits are arranged thematically rather than chronologically and include works by Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Picasso, alongside more recent work by the likes of British artist Richard Hamilton. Contemporary Irish artists also feature works by Dorothy Cross. The new gallery space means that Tate can now show around sixty per cent of its collection.

Director of the Tate Modern Lars Nittve says the hope to bring contemporary art and the more classic modern art together.

The Tate Modern cost £130 million funded jointly by the National Lottery alongside private sector sponsorship. Despite this high expense, there will be no admission charge to the gallery.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 May 2000. The reporter is Brian O’Connell.