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London – “Self Reflection” by Mark Wallinger has been an interesting exhibition, which also marked the 30th anniversary of the Freud Museum, but also the 160th anniversary of the birth of Sigmund Freud.
Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger made a transformative exhibition of the study of Freud, together with a permanent sculpture situated in the Museum garden.
For “Self Reflection” exhibition, the artist has installed a mirror across the entire ceiling of the archetypal study. The public received an impressive new point of view with the feeling to be in doubled space. “The relative posture of the sitting analyst and the recumbent analysand are latent in Freud’s chair and the couch. We can easily imagine his patient’s self-reflection”, Mark Wallinger said.
Located in the garden, the sculpture “Self” has the form of the letter ‘I’, in a self-supporting shape. It indicates probably the most basic expression of human existence for an individual. It is placed in the garden in clear view from Freud’s desk. In the environment of the Museum the sculpture has clear and strong significance; the formation of the id, ego, and superego is affirmed by knowledge of the self and how it is constituted.
These new works, alongside a selection or the artist’s earlier Self Portraits offered an inspiring and kind meeting with the collections of the Museum and the work of Freud himself.
The exhibition confirmed that the Freud Museum is a lively institution but also a patron for contemporary art exhibitions of indisputable intellectual meaning.
Mark Wallinger is one of the leading contemporary artists of the UK. He is born in Chigwell, Essex. His formative schooling, from the age of 11, was undertaken at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, Essex. He first studied art at the Chelsea School of Art and later at Goldsmiths College where he was also a tutor from 1986. He exhibited throughout the 1980s.
Wallinger won the Turner Prize in 2007 for his installation ‘State Britain’. His work ‘Ecce Homo’ (1999) was the first ever
work to occupy the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square. Later it was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2001 where Wallinger was Britain’s representative. As part of the Transported by Design programme of activities, in 2015, after two months of public voting, Mark Wallinger’s Labyrinth work was elected by Londoners as one of the 10 favourite transport design icons. ‘Labyrinth’ was also a major and permanent commission for Art on the Underground, was created to celebrate 150 years of the London Underground.
Wallinger has held solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Galleries, London, England (1995); Museum for Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland (1999); Palais Des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium (1999); Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England (2000); Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria (2000); Neu Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany (2004); Museo de Arte Carillo Gill, Mexico City, Mexico (2005); Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland (2008); Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway (2010), Museum de Pont, Tilburg, Netherlands (2011); and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England (2012). His work is also displayed in the collections of many leading international museums including Tate, London, England; MoMA, New York; and Centre Pompidou Paris, France.
His exhibition, ‘ID’ at Hauser and Wirth in London last year and his curated H&W stand, “A Study in Red and Green” at Frieze 2014 drew on his engagement with Freud.
The exhibition was curated by Natasha Hoare. She is a curator and writer, currently living between London and Rotterdam. She holds an MA in Curating from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, and a BA in English Literature from Edinburgh University. In 2014 she was appointed Curator at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. Previously she worked as Assistant Curator for the Visual Arts Section of the Marrakech Biennale 5 (2014) and for On Geometry and Speculation, a parallel project for the Marrakech Biennale 4 (2012). She was also Studio Manager for artist Mark Wallinger and Special Projects Manager for artist Shezad Dawood.
The exhibition has been kindly supported by Arts Council England and Hauser & Wirth. Mark Wallinger’s work “Self” was acquired with Art Fund support.
(This article firstly published on 9th March 2017)
The exhibition “Self Reflection” by Mark Wallinger was at the Freud Museum, London, from the 28th July until the 25th September 2016.