I went to see Emin/Munch The Loneliness of the Soul at The Royal Academy of Arts, London on 29th November 2020.
The Royal Academy is 250 years old. The back entrance (which I came in through) looks like a Greek temple, but inside the building it is more exciting. When you get to the entrance of the exhibition there are photographic self-portraits of the artists looking downcast, here they are below:
Norwegian artist Edvard Munch was born in 1863, and British artist Tracey Emin was born exactly 100 years later in 1963. For this exhibition Tracey Emin went to Norway where she chose artwork by Munch to display with some of her own work. I think she did that because her work is similar to his in an emotional way.
The similarities between the work in this exhibition is that they both paint from the heart, they depict loneliness, unhappiness and helplessness through the form of naked women. They both leave a bit of the bare canvas. I think they both devoted their life to exploring/showing sadness. However, the difference between their artwork is that Tracey Emin shows herself in her paintings but Edvard Munch shows his sadness in his paintings through other people. Another difference is that Edvard Munch uses lots of colours and Tracy Emin only uses a limited palette of colours.
I liked the way that Munch used lots of bright and contrasting colours together and that he used big brush strokes in opposite directions.
The Death of Marat
I enjoyed Tracy Emin’s model of a bird.
Me with The only place you came to me was in my sleep by Tracy Emin
Overall I would recommend this exhibition to age 13+.