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Tate Liverpool stages Lucy McKenzie retrospective this autumn


Tate Liverpool is to stage the first UK retrospective of the work of Brussels-based British artist Lucy McKenzie.

This autumn’s show, which opens on October 20, will feature around 80 works from the past quarter of a century of the Glasgow-born artist’s practice.

It will include large scale architectural paintings and tromp l’oeil works, as well as fashion and design.

Tickets are £10/£9.

McKenzie studied at Duncan Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, graduating in 1999, and at Karlsruhe Kunstakademie in Germany.

Over the past two decades, the 44-year-old artist has revealed and transformed images, objects, and motifs from a wide range of historical moments and contexts; from early works exploring the iconography of international sport and the politics of post-war muralism to her fascination with music subcultures.

The retrospective will highlight the themes that have interested her throughout her practice, including how ideology influences the representation of women, and exploring the frictions between public and private space.

It will also include a number of large-scale installations such as Loos House 2013 and the monumental paintings May of Teck, Town/Gown Conflict and Kensington 2246 (all 2010), which together form a U-shaped room.

These paintings combine a variety of interior designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Victor Horta, and others, enlarging small watercolour sketches and presentation drawings to one-to-one architectural scale.

The exhibition is organised by Tate Liverpool in collaboration with Museum Brandhorst, Munich.

The Lucy McKenzie retrospective is at Tate Liverpool from October 20 to March 27, 2022. Tickets from the website HERE


Picture top: Lucy McKenzie, Workcoats 2010 © Lucy McKenzie. Image courtesy of the artist