Count Christian Duerckheim, the new owner of Tracey Emin’s My Bed, has confirmed that the work will return to the UK and that a long-term loan to Tate is being finalised.
Remarking on his acquisition, Count Duerckheim said: ‘I always admired the honesty of Tracey, but I bought My Bed because it is a metaphor for life, where troubles begin and logics die.’
Tate director, Nicholas Serota said: ‘I am absolutely delighted that Count Duerckheim has agreed to loan such an important work to Tate for a period of at least ten years. We look forward to displaying the work and are most grateful to Count Duerckheim for his generosity in creating an opportunity for visitors to see a work that now has iconic status.’
Tracey could not be happier: “Count Duerckheim has done a very generous thing..I have always felt My Bed belongs at Tate…And now it will be. I cherish the moment to install it there”
Full details of where and when the piece will go on display will be announced in the autumn.