It was then to The Liverpool Tate .The gallery opened in 1988 and is housed in a converted warehouse within the Albert Dock on Liverpool's waterfront and as it’s free like the museums were we decided to visit.
This is entitled Venus of the rags and was by Michelangelo Pistolleto…..How Bizarre ! . This is what it’s all about. Venus of the rags is an over-life sized classical statue of the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility, with a large pile of brightly coloured, discarded clothes that are heaped on the floor. The Venus statue is positioned with its back to the viewer. The figure’s face and body press lightly against the pile of fabrics that rises up before it, so that the front of the statue is hidden.
The big star of The Tate in Liverpool at this time is The Bed which is a work by the British artist Tracey Emin. First created in 1998, it was exhibited at the Tate Gallery in 1999 as one of the shortlisted works for the Turner Prize.It consisted of her bed with bedroom objects in an abject state, and gained much media attention. Although it did not win the prize, its notoriety has persisted.
The artwork generated considerable media furore, particularly over the fact that the bedsheets were stained with bodily secretions and the floor had items from the artist's room, such as condoms, underwear and other unmensionable detritus.
When it was announced, in May 2014, that the work was to be auctioned, David Maupin, Emin's dealer in New York, described the £800,000 – £1.2 million estimate as too low. When auctioned by Christie in July 2014, the piece was sold for £2.5 million. What a bargain !!!