Marlene Dumas was born in South Africa in 1953, and it wasn’t until she was 23 that she moved to the Netherlands, where she currently lives and work. Her work is definitely not for the paint hearted, as she explores themes of sexuality, love, death and shame with a unique intensity, that might just be too much for some.

Marlene Dumas

Marlene Dumas

While her work might not be for everyone, it is her strong, raw images that make her work so powerful. Dumas is not afraid to speak her mind through her work, being some times political with no restraint.

‘Secondhand images, can generate first-hand emotions.’ – By appropriation of several images she creates these powerful pictures, intimate yet controversial.

Marlene Dumas

Marlene Dumas

 

Now her work can bee seen at the Tate Modern, in London until the 10th of May. This is probably the biggest exhibition this artist has ever had, with an amazing collection of her works. I you find yourself in London this upcoming week, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit this powerful exhibition.

 

Marlene Dumas

Marlene Dumas

 


 And if you do go, don’t forget to tell us what you thought on the comments below.

And remember to check out our website to learn more about portuguese contemporary art

or better yet: pay us a visit in Lisbon, Oporto or Algarve.

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