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Tracey Emin sculpture Death Mask exhibition at Turner Contemporary in Margate opens next week

By Matt Leclere

The first bronze sculpture produced by award winning artist Tracey Emin will go on display in Margate next week.

It was revealed last year the Turner Contemporary would host the work, Death Mask.

The gallery announced today the piece will go on show at the venue from next Tuesday throughout the summer.

Tracey Emin's Death Mask artwork. Pic: Jorge Herrera (3275277)
Tracey Emin's Death Mask artwork. Pic: Jorge Herrera (3275277)

The sculpture is described as an ironic reference to Emin's autobiographic work with her casting her own death mask during her own lifetime.

It reflects her belief in self-disclosure and engaging and exploring her own life and body.

Emin, who studied at the Maidstone College of Art before attending the Royal College of Art in the late 1980s, has previously said the work will offer herself as a permanent museum display which can be scrutinised and observed for future generations.

Tracey Emin's first sculpture Death Mask goes on display at the Turner Contemporary in Margate next week. Picture: Ruth Cuerden
Tracey Emin's first sculpture Death Mask goes on display at the Turner Contemporary in Margate next week. Picture: Ruth Cuerden

Her studio will be based in Margate after announcing plans to move to Kent from London last year.

The Death Mask display will close on September 8.

The piece is part of a collection titled Coming Home - a project with the National Portrait Gallery which sends portraits of well-known people to places they hold close association with.

The project will involve 50 portraits from the National Collection to towns and cities around the UK.

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