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Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison
HMP Reading Prison
4 September – 30 October 2016
In the latest project by Artangel, Inside sees leading artists, performers and writers respond to the work of the prison’s most famous inmate Oscar Wilde, the architecture of the prison and themes of imprisonment and separation, including new paintings by Marlene Dumas.
The Image as Burden
31 May – 6 September 2015
Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland
The exhibition The Image as Burden at Fondation Beyeler was planned and designed in close collaboration with Marlene Dumas and realized together with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Tate Modern London. Sticking to a basic chronological order, the show traces her development as an artist. On display is a selection of over a hundred paintings and drawings, including several rarely shown collages from her early work and a few very recent paintings. Thus the show provides a comprehensive overview of the artist’s oeuvre from the mid-1970s to the present.
Thursday, 16 April, 6:30pm
Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium
In this evening lecture, artist Marlene Dumas talks about her current retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern, The Image as Burden. The title of the exhibition is taken from her a small 1993 painting depicting one figure carrying another. As with many of Dumas’s works, her choice of title deeply affects our interpretation of the work.
Frith Street Gallery is delighted to announce Raqs Media Collective and Marlene Dumas will be participating in the 56th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia. Curated by Okwui Enwezor, “All The World’s Futures” will feature a series of rarely-exhibited Skull paintings by South African-born Dumas and two new major works by Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective. The new works by Raqs Media Collective include a significant sculptural installation entitled Coronation Park which will unfold outside of the Central Pavilion in the Giardini, and a video installation in the Arsenale which draws from their performative piece The Last International.
56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
9 May – 22 November 2015
Pictured: Raqs Media Collective, Coronation Park (work in progress for the Giardini at la Biennale di Venezia), 2015
The Image as Burden
5 February – 10 May 2015
Tate Modern, London
Marlene Dumas is one of the most prominent painters working today. Her intense, psychologically charged works explore themes of sexuality, love, death and shame, often referencing art history, popular culture and current affairs.
‘Secondhand images’, she has said, ‘can generate first-hand emotions.’ Dumas never paints directly from life, yet life in all its complexity is right there on the canvas. Her subjects are drawn from both public and personal references and include her daughter and herself, as well as recognisable faces such as Amy Winehouse, Naomi Campbell, Princess Diana, even Osama bin Laden. The results are often intimate and at times controversial, where politics become erotic and portraits become political. She plays with the imagination of her viewers, their preconceptions and fears.
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