Tracey Emin presents an exhibition featuring more than 80 works at The Leopold Museum in Vienna, alongside works by Austrian expressionist artist Egon Schiele. The exhibition titled, Where I Want To Go draws interesting parallels between the contemporary Young British Artist, Tracey Emin (born in 1963) and the Austrian national treasure, Egon Schiele (born 1890). Emin’s oeuvre engages in artistic dialogue with a selection of drawings and written documents by Schiele, which have been selected by Emin herself. Emin exhibits new and recent works including acrylic paintings, gouaches and videos, installations, photographs and bronze sculptures that draw influences from Schiele as artists from of two different eras.
Emin’s pictorial language is direct and trenchant. Her art is an art of exposure and her own biography provides her with an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Her titles form an integral part of her works and speak of unrequited love, suffering, longing and desire. Emin’s interest in the masters of Modernism, and first and foremost in Egon Schiele, has undoubtedly had an influence on her work. Using Expressionist elements and themes, her works address complex personal issues and concepts of self-portrayal. The juxtaposition of Emin’s works with those of Schiele exposes similarities in the artistic aspirations of both artists and allows for a new visual experience.
Where I Want To Go runs from 24 April until 14 September 2015 at The Leopold Museum in Vienna.