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Tracey Emin & others @Fitzwilliam Museum

6 October 2023 - 7 January 2024

Bringing together more than 120 artworks spanning painting, photography, sculpture and film, Real Families: Stories of Change asks us to consider what makes a family today, and the impact our families have on us, through the eyes of contemporary artists.

The exhibition features historic works by artists including Joshua Reynolds, Nicolas Poussin and Albrecht Dürer to reveal how family life has been portrayed throughout art history. Works by contemporary artists such as Aliza Nisenbaum and JJ Levine that challenge the traditional notion of family; portraits by Celia Paul and Lucian Freud remind us that families change over time; Jim Goldberg, Tracey Emin and Paula Rego’s are work challenges the typical ideas of ‘happy’ and ‘unhappy’ families; Cathy Wilkes, Hardeep Pandhal and others look at how each family leaves its imprint on the next generation; Chantal Joffe brings together ten of her paintings that captures the joys, tensions and complexities of her family experience.


6 October 2023
7 January 2024
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Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge