Called “a roaring, wondrous whirlpool of a show” (The Guardian), Turner’s Modern World presents the astonishing paintings of J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851), one of Britain’s greatest artists.


The exhibition explores Turner’s lifelong interest in the inventions, events, politics, society, culture and science of his time, which resulted in many of his most original works and transformed his way of painting. Organized by Tate Britain, the exhibition features oils and watercolors from Tate and other British lenders, as well as paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Yale Center for British Art. 

Born in the late 18th century, Turner witnessed spectacular technological innovations and the industrialization of modern life. As the advances of industry and commerce brought Britain to world power, Turner immortalized these dizzying changes in vivid and dramatic compositions, with skillful brushwork that gave the impression of being wild and uncontrolled. In his last years, he surpassed any other artist by melding his contemporary subjects with a highly innovative style—an accomplishment that established him as one of the founders of modern art. Despite his beginnings as a topographical watercolorist and landscape painter who was deeply enthralled by the history and art of the past, Turner proceeded to create a dynamic, inspired and comprehensive testament to his own era. He was not only a witness to modernity, but an interpreter and champion for his generation.

On Display

Members-Only Previews

View the exhibition before it opens to the public. Complimentary audio-tour downloads are available on Members-Only Preview days. No reservations required. 


Friday, October 15 | noon–7 pm 
Saturday, October 16 | 10 am–4 pm 


Members-Only Early-Entry Hours

Members can visit the special exhibition early on selected days. Simply show your membership card when you reach the exhibition entrance. No reservations required.


Saturdays, October 23 and 30 | 9–10 am 
Sundays, October 24 and 31 | 11 am–noon


This exhibition is organized by Tate Britain in association with the Kimbell Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities and by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Fort Worth Tourism Public Improvement District.


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Masks Required. Please review our visitor guidelines to prepare for your visit.

The Piano Pavilion is temporarily closed and will reopen for Turner's Modern World.