Tracey Emin wins the international competition for a permanent, site-specific sculpture on Museum Island, next to the new Munch Museum, Oslo. In connection with the construction of the new Munch Museum, the Oslo Municipality Art Programme commissioned an artwork on the Oslo harbour.
In Tracey Emin’s proposal The Mother, a 7 meter high bronze statue of a kneeling naked woman will be positioned at the far end of the Museum Island, visible from the harbour promenade and welcoming visitors arriving from the Oslo fjord.
The jury states: “Emin’s proposal of a large seated female figure facing the fjord promises to be a striking presence at the edge of the Museum Island(…). With its immediate and visceral artistic approach it appears both intimate and majestic, vulnerable and grandiose. The title 'The Mother' refers to a mature protector and the sculpture brings to mind the ubiquitous motifs of women and the nude in Munch’s work.”