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Tracey Emin

Homage to Edvard Munch and all My Dead Children, 1998

2 minutes, 28 seconds
single channel video (shot on Super 8)

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Tracey Emin has long had a fascination with the Norwegian expressionist and painter of The Scream, Edvard Munch: in her words, “I’ve been in love with this man since I was eighteen”. This haunting video is an homage and reference to Munch. Emin lies naked in a fetal position on the Jetty outside Munch’s house in Åsgårdstrand, the site of many of Munch’s well-known works. An incessant cry deplores her aborted children.

Selected Exhibitions:
2021, Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch, The Loneliness of the Soul, Munch Museum, Oslo (exh. cat)
2015, Signal Pathways. Art & Science meet at the Rudolf Virchow-Center Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
2013, Munch by Others, Hauger Art Museum, Tønsberg, Norway
2012, Tracey Emin, Malba, Buenas Aires, Argentina (exh. cat)
2009, Tracey Emin: 20 Years, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
2008, Tracey Emin: 20 Años, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain
2008, Tracey Emin: 20 Years, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK
2004, Tracey Emin, Fear, War and The Scream, Roslyn Oxley9 gallery, Sydney Australia
2002, Ten Years, Tracey Emin, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (exh. cat)
2001, Cairo Biennale, National Centre for Fine Art, Cairo, Eqypt

Selected Literature:
— Brown, Neal, Tracey Emin (Modern Artists). London: Tate Publishing, 2006, ill. p. 72, 73, 121
— Emin, Tracey and Freedman, Carl, Tracey Emin. Ed. Honey Luard. New York: Rizzoli, 2006, ill. p.295
— Exh. Cat. Kiss the Frog: The art of transformation. Oslo: Nasjonalmuseet, 2005, ill. p. 111
— Exh. Cat. fast forward: Media Art Sammlung Goetz. Ed. Stephan Urbaschek. Karlsruhe: Sammlung Goetz, 2003, ill. p. 155
— The Art of Tracey Emin. Ed. Mandy Merck and Chris Townsend. London: Thames & Hudson, 2002, ill. p. 167
— Mey, Kerstin, Sculpsit: Contemporary Artists on Sculpture and Beyond. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001, ill. p. 75
— Exh. Cat. Visions du Réel Festival international de cinema. 2010, ill pg 434
— Lyngstad Nyaas, Tone, Munch by Others. Stockholm: Arvinius+Orfeus, 2013
— Schumacher, Rainald and Matthias Winzen (eds.), Just Love Me: Post/Feminist Positions of the 1990s from the Goetz Collection. Cologne: Verlag Der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2003