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Tracey Emin’s controversial artwork My Bed coming to Turner Contemporary

PUBLISHED: 13:32 17 July 2017

My Bed by Tracey Emin

My Bed by Tracey Emin

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The piece gives a snapshot of her life after a traumatic relationship breakdown

A controversial piece by artist Tracey Emin will be arriving in Kent later this year.

My Bed will be on display at the Turner Contemporary in her home town of Margate alongside a collection of JMW Turner’s seascapes and stormy skies, loaned from Tate’s collection and chosen by the artist.

The work famously features Ms 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Originally made in her Waterloo council flat in 1998 and included in her Turner Prize exhibition in 1999, the bed is on long term loan to Tate following its purchase by a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.

It is another boost for the popular gallery which recently announced it is to host the Turner Prize in 2019.

My Bed will be on display at the Turner Contemporary from October 12 until January 14 next year.

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