BBC Diamond Jubilee Mosaic Unveiled At Turner Contemporary

In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee BBC South East asked their viewers and listeners to help create a unique artwork to commemorate the event. More than 5,000 BBC South East viewers and listeners submitted family portraits, photos of their ancestors, snaps of important occasions in their lives and of times that made them laugh. The photos have now been assembled  to create 2 images of the Queen one from  the beginning of her 60 year reign and one taken recently.

Turner Contemporary welcomed Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburghon 11 November 2011 and this is a terrific  way to continue the connection and to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The portrait is on display in the Clore Learning Studio at Turner Contemporary 16 and 17 June.

Turner Contemporary taking inspiration from JMW Turner, is a contemporary arts organisation that aims to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of historical and contemporary art with a dynamic and diverse international programme of exhibitions and events. Also on show at Turner Contemporary She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea: Tracey Emin at Turner Contemporary
26 May 2012 – 23 September 2012 Tracey Emin’s first major solo exhibition at Turner Contemporary is conceived specially for Margate, where Emin grew up and which has provided inspiration for many of her most famous art works. The exhibition explores the themes of love, sensuality and romanticism in Emin’s oeuvre, featuring both new and existing works including drawings, monoprints, sculptures and neons. The exhibition’s central themes will continue in a display of paintings, sketches and watercolours of erotic subjects by Tracey Emin as well as JMW Turner and Auguste Rodin, whose iconic sculpture The Kiss is on show at Turner Contemporary until 2 September 2012. On loan from the Tate collection and one of the most iconic images of sexual love, The Kiss was voted the nation’s favourite work of art in a 2003 poll. The embracing couple come from a true thirteenth century story of forbidden love, which was immortalised in Dante’s Inferno and by many artists since.

Emin herself specially selected the curated room of watercolours by J M W Turner and Auguste Rodin. The erotic works created from a male perspective on the female figure either as an object of beauty or with lust and desire are unusually set against Emin’s figures from the female perspective reflecting her internal thoughts and emotions.  These works show Emin’s fascination with classical art and historical references from cave paintings to Picasso, Matisse, Turner and Rodin fill the works in the whole show and give more credence to her place in art history. Despite any shortcomings the show is one of the must see events for the summer. Ruth Mackenzie, Director, Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, said: “Tracey Emin’s first major exhibition in her home town of Margate at the wonderful new Turner Contemporary gallery is precisely the kind of once-in-a-lifetime event that is the special characteristic of the London 2012 Festival. We are delighted that the exhibition is free so that everybody will have the chance to join in something they may never experience again. We want this to be a summer of unforgettable art as well as sport.”

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16-17 June 2012

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