Tracey Emin curates Egon Schiele in Vienna exhibition

Tracey Emin,

Tracey Emin, "Dolde Grande 1," 2013 (The artist courtesy White Cube © Bildrecht, Wien 2015)

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British artist and "enfant terrible" Tracey Emin is the subject of a large-scale exhibition opening at Vienna's Leopold Museum this month where, in addition to presenting her own works, she'll share a selection of drawings by one of her key inspirations, Egon Schiele.

"Where I Want to Go" at the Leopold Museum will feature more than 80 works by Emin, including acrylic paintings, gouaches, videos, installations, photographs and bronze sculptures.

Recent and new works and installations will be juxtaposed with drawings and written documents by Egon Schiele that have been personally selected by Emin.

The British artist counts the masters of Modernism, and Schiele in particular, among her influences, and the early-20th-century Austrian Expressionist's approach can be seen in Emin's Expressionist elements and her oft-visited themes of personal issues and self-portrayal, says the museum.

Belonging to the "Young British Artists" generation that also includes Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas, Emin, a leading figure in contemporary art, is known for controversial works such as the Turner-shortlisted "My Bed." Feminism runs through many of Emin's works, which often draw on her own biography and cover themes of provocation and sexuality.

Over the past few years she has been the subject of large-scale exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Bern and the Hayward Gallery in London, and she most recently presented a selection of works at London's White Cube Gallery. "My Bed" sold at auction for an impressive £2.5 million (US$4.3 million) last year.

"Tracey Emin - Egon Schiele: Where I Want to Go" runs from April 24 through September 14 at the Leopold Museum.

Find out more: www.leopoldmuseum.org/en/exhibitions/66/tracey-emin-egon-schiele


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