PREVIEW: Marguerite Humeau: Echoes, Tate Britain

Tate Britain’s upcoming Art Now exhibition will unveil a new immersive installation by Marguerite Humeau, which will be on display from the 18th November. 

Marguerite Humeau, Echoes at DUVE Gallery,Berlin. Image Courtesy the artist and DUVE Gallery. Photo by Trevor Good. 

Humeau’s new installation was conceived as a confrontation between life and death, transforming the gallery into a part temple, part laboratory for the industrial production of the elixir for eternal life.

The centre of the space will be taken up with two semi-abstracted white polystyrene sculptures based on Ancient Egyptian Gods Wadjet (King Cobra) 2015 and Taweret 2015 to merge the organic nature of the human body with biological engineering.

Meanwhile, long tubes will cut through the space pumping alligator blood, hormones and other fluids, accompanied by the synthetic sound of Cleopatra’s ethereal voice, this  environment devised from poisonous black mamba python venom, evokes Cleopatra’s death and acts as a reminder of nature’s lethal powers.

Marguerite Humeau is a French artist living and working in London. Her research led process usually takes the form of large scale installations involving sound and sculpture in which she challenges key issues of the day using complex narratives that synthesise the past with the present.

For her latest work Humeau blurs the lines between research, fiction science and myth to create a unique sensory experience.

Art Now: Marguerite Humeau: Echoes will be on display at Tate Britain from the 18th November until the 15th April 2018. For more information visit:

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