Mona HatoumDivan Bed 1996

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Artist
Mona Hatoum (born 1952)
Title
Divan Bed
Date 1996
MediumSteel
Dimensionsobject: 595 x 1915 x 770 mm, 320kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1997
Reference
T07277
Not on display

Summary

Divan Bed is made from patinated steel floor plate, and replicates very precisely the form of a small divan. The work is carefully detailed so that the top surface swells along the edges in the manner of a soft new mattress. Many of the traditional associations tied to the metaphor of the bed (rest, privacy, comfort) are denied in this work, as Hatoum presents images and materials which are more commonly associated with pain, discomfort, torture and abuse.Hatoum's 1989 retrospective at the Chapter Gallery in Cardiff marked a transition from performance and video work to sculpture and installation… (read more)

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