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Tate Britain, London

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Tate Britain is the national gallery, which possesses the greatest collection of British Art in the world.

Tate BritainThe collection is mainly displayed according to historical periods. Tate takes its name after the Gallery’s first benefactor Sir Henry Tate, a wealthy industrialist and important art-collector, who donated his private collection of art to the nation on the condition that a gallery dedicated to national art was built. The Gallery opened in 1897 under the official name of the National Gallery of British Art. The name Tate Gallery was not officially adopted until 1932, despite that the museum became popularly known under that name soon after its opening.

Russian collection. The Tate Britain museum has the largest collection of artwork by a Russian avant-garde sculptor Naum Gabo’s (born Naum Neemia Pevsner, 1890-1977). In addition, the Tate Archive also holds the world’s largest collection of the sculptor’s papers, amounting to more that 50 000 items, as well as Gabo’s printmaking archive. Upon the conclusion of a two-year project, funded by the Getty Foundation in 2007-09, the images of Gabo’s work and his archives are now accessible through a special site: http://www.tate.org.uk/research/researchservices/archive/gabomicrosite/