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Xavier Hufkens

Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch. The Loneliness of the Soul

22 October 2021—2 January 2022
MUNCH, Oslo, Norway

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Tracey Emin is one of the UK’s most celebrated and controversial contemporary artists. In this exhibition, visitors can experience Emin’s wide-ranging artistic practice and gain rare insight into her long-standing fascination with Edvard Munch. This fascination began at an early age and was a key factor in Emin’s decision to become an artist. In 1998, Emin referred directly to Munch in her film work Homage to Edvard Munch and All My Dead Children, which takes place in Åsgårdstrand, where Munch was living when he painted several of his most famous works.

The exhibition focuses on Emin’s works in painting, sculpture and neon text over the past decade. In addition, Emin has personally selected 16 works by Munch to be displayed alongside her own work.

The exhibition also includes a small selection of works from earlier in Emin’s career, including the iconic My Bed (1998). Like Edvard Munch, Emin uses her experiences of love, pain, grief and passion as raw materials for her art. In recent years, Emin has become more preoccupied with the effects of ageing on the female body, as we can see in her painting I Am the Last of My Kind, one of several new works created specifically for this exhibition.