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Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden

5 February 2015 - 10 May 2015


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Far from literal portraits, the artist’s depictions of the human figure reflect upon love, death, gender, sexuality.

For Marlene Dumas portraiture is not part of a wider oeuvre, portraiture is a single obsession. Even as a child she sought only to represent the face or figure.

From her earliest sketches to newly finished portraits, Tate Modern presents the most significant retrospective of Dumas’s career to be staged in Europe. It takes its name from her 1993 work depicting one figure carrying another. The artist sees a connection between the subject of the painting, and the painter who carries the weight of her subject.

Tate Modern |
5 February – 10 May 2015


5 February 2015
10 May 2015
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