Artist Tacita Dean (b. 1965, Canterbury) divides her time between Berlin and Los Angeles.
Recent exhibitions include Geography Biography, 2023 for the Pinault Collection at the Bourse de Commerce in Paris where she made a rotating portrait-format 35mm film diptych for the central rotunda alongside a series of other wall-based works.
In 2018, Dean’s work was the subject of concurrent exhibitions across three London museums: LANDSCAPE at the Royal Academy, which featured one of the artist’s monumental blackboard drawings as well as the 35mm film diptych Antigone; PORTRAIT at the National Portrait Gallery included her 16mm films of David Hockney and Cy Twombly amongst others; and a curated exhibition, STILL LIFE at the National Gallery.
Other significant recent solo exhibitions have included MUDAM, Luxembourg, Kunstmuseum Basel, 2021 and EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland, 2020. Later this year, Dean will have a survey show in MCA in Sydney and in 2024, a major exhibition of her drawings in The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas.
In 2020, Dean was commissioned to create the set design and costumes for a new ballet, The Dante Project, with Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor and composer Thomas Adès. The ballet premiered in autumn 2021 at the Royal Opera House, London and has since toured to Paris Opera. The production will travel to the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen and returns to the ROH in November 2023.
Dean has campaigned hard to keep photochemical film and photography available for younger generations of artists and filmmakers.