David Beckham goes on loan to Football Museum alongside Charlton and Cantona

By Culture24 Reporter | 13 November 2013

Portrait of former Manchester United star to go on display at National Football Museum alongside fellow Old Trafford icons

A photo of a film of a man sleeping
Sam Taylor-Wood, David (2004)© Courtesy National Football Museum
A film portrait of David Beckham sleeping, first shown at the National Portrait Gallery at the height of tabloid tittle-tattle surrounding the footballer in 2004, is to go on show in Manchesternext to artworks inspired by England legend Sir Bobby Charlton and hot-headed French genius Eric Cantona.

The National Football Museum will profit from the training rigmaroles of Beckham’s time at Real Madrid, when afternoon siestas made it easier for Sam Taylor-Wood, a 1998 Turner Prize nominee, to film him having a snooze.

When it was produced, the 107-minute work was compared to the sensual depictions of Picasso’s mistresses and declared “somewhat less eventful than the average Real Madrid match”.

“I wanted to create a direct, closely observed study,” Taylor-Wood said at the time.

"Making a portrait of a much-photographed man like David Beckham was a challenge. Filming while he was asleep produces a different view from the many familiar, public images".

Its loan from London is part of a new Arts Council-funded programme, Out of Play, launching at the museum, also featuring an interactive artwork by Chris O’Shea inviting visitors to demonstrate their football and dancing abilities.

The film is part of the Game Changers exhibition, celebrating 125 years of the Football League and loosely based on the career of another Manchester United magician, George Best.

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