Tracey Emin’s My Bed returns to Tate Britain for first time in 15 years

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Tracey Emin’s My Bed returns to Tate Britain for first time in 15 years

Tracey Emin My Bed 1998
Tracey Emin My Bed 1998

Tracey Emin and Francis Bacon
31 March – June 2016
Tate Britain
Open Daily 10.00 – 18.00
Admission free
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Click here for a video of Tracey Emin installing My Bed 1998 at Tate Britain.

Tracey Emin’s My Bed 1998 is a highlight of Tate Britain’s newly rehung displays, opening to the public on 31 March 2015. One of Britain’s most celebrated works of modern art, My Bed became famous when it was shown in the 1999 Turner Prize exhibition, for which Emin was shortlisted. Over fifteen years later, it has now returned to Tate Britain where visitors will be able to see it for free as part of the BPDisplays. It will be shown alongside a refresh of the galleries showing art from the 1970s to the present day, featuring major works by Gilbert & George, Anish Kapoor, Nicholas Pope and John Gerrard.

To mark the occasion, Tracey Emin has gifted six of her recent figure drawings to the nation. The drawings are shown alongside My Bed together with two paintings by Francis Bacon, Study of a Dog 1952 and Reclining Woman 1961. The two works by Bacon were selected by Emin from Tate’s collection. The juxtaposition is intended to create a dialogue, with works by both artists dealing in different ways with turmoil and intense emotion.

My Bed was made in Tracey Emin’s Waterloo council flat in 1998. Referred to by the artist as an unconventional and uncompromising self-portrait through objects, it features the artist’s own bed covered in stained sheets, discarded condoms, underwear and empty bottles of alcohol. The piece gives a snapshot of the artist’s life after a traumatic relationship breakdown and was shortlisted for the 1999 Turner Prize. The Duerckheim Collection acquired the work in early July 2014 and it is now on loan to Tate for 10 years.

The display opens alongside a refresh of the BP Walk through British Art, a chronological display of British art from the 1540s to the present day. Galleries encompassing the 1970s and 80s have been rehung with renowned works by such artists as Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor and Richard Long. The 2000s room has also been rehung to incorporate work by Martin Boyce, Rose Wylie and Hurvin Anderson.

Following its display at Tate Britain, My Bed will be shown at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Emin’s home town, followed by Tate Liverpool. This will provide a unique opportunity for audiences outside London to see one of the most defining works of British art in recent years.

Tracey Emin’s My Bed 1998 opens Tuesday 31 March at Tate Britain and runs until June 2016.



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