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  • Oil paintings by JMW Turner alongside Tracey Emin's My Bed
  • Tracey Emin at Turner Contemporary, with oil paintings by JMW Turner and her own installation My Bed
  • Oil paintings by JMW Turner alongside Tracey Emin's My Bed
  • JMW Turner, Caption from Studies for Published 'England and Wales' Subjects, The Kent Coast from Folkestone Harbour to Dover, c.1829 © Tate, London 2017
Fri 13 Oct 2017 - Sun 14 Jan 2018

Tracey Emin’s iconic and controversial installation My Bed is on display alongside a collection of JMW Turner's seascapes and stormy skies, loaned from Tate’s collection and chosen by the artist.

My Bed famously features Emin’s own bed and gives a snapshot of her life after a traumatic relationship breakdown. It offers ‘an unconventional and uncompromising self-portrait through objects’, in which the artist herself is absent.

Originally made in Emin’s Waterloo council flat in 1998 and included in her Turner Prize exhibition in 1999, the bed is on long term loan to Tate following its purchase by a private collector in 2014.

Featured in BBC news: "It feels like holding hands with a ghost" - Read and watch here

Featured in The Spectator: "...the sequence charts the progress of Emin’s dark night of the soul from pit of despair to breakthrough moment, when ‘it stopped being horrific and started being beautiful’."

Featured in The Guardian: "a violent mess of sex and death"

Featured in fineartmultiple: "Still filthy, still repulsive, and still one of the most moving works of contemporary art"

Featured in The Art Newspaper: "Tracey is coming back to town"

Featured in The Evening Standard: "Margate is going to be really rich for me. Yes I am a bit afraid of the ghosts I might find there. But I don’t have to take them on as enemies. I can reconcile them."

Featured in Artnet News: "Turner Was a Really Raunchy Man"

Featured in the Mail Online: "You can take the girl out of Margate but you can’t take Margate out of the girl"

Featured in The Mirror: "These are all things from the past. It's like a ghost."


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