Scotland will host one of the largest modern art exhibitions in recent history

ONE of the largest exhibitions of modern and contemporary art in recent Scottish history will open in Edinburgh at the end of November.

Celebrating the latest and greatest additions to Scotland’s National Collection, the free exhibition will open at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One) on November 27.

With more than 100 works on display, the exhibition entitled New Arrivals: from Salvador Dalí to Jenny Saville will be presented throughout the ground floor of the Gallery.

National Galleries Scotland (NGS) said: “A wide range of styles and movements spanning 110 years will be represented, ranging from an early 20th century Cubist collage by Pablo Picasso to recent media works by leading contemporary artists.

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“Works by big names like René Magritte will rub shoulders with those of brilliant but less well-known personalities like Marie-Louise von Motesiczky and Benjamin Creme. The novelties will also change throughout its course, revealing several pieces that must remain secret for now. ”

Highlights of the exhibition will include striking and vibrant woodcuts by Alberta Whittle, who will represent Scotland at the 59th International Venice Biennale; a large-scale diptych by France-Lise McGurn, the Glasgow-based artist renowned for her works of intuitive brushstrokes, and a painting by the famous Scottish painter and printmaker Barbara Rae CBE.

Many works of art will be on display to the public for the very first time since arriving in the galleries. This is the first work by much sought-after artist Marc Chagall to enter the Scottish National Collection. The Squire [The Horse Rider] (1949 – 1953) is a striking example of Chagall’s fixation on the representation of circus riders.

Scotland will be represented, among others, by Bows (circa 1910), a painting by Frances Macdonald MacNair, a member of the famous “Glasgow Four”, which explores the theme of female sexuality in her distinctive Spook School style.

Wangechi Mutu’s Histology of Different Classes of Uterine Tumors (2004 -2005) will also be presented, a series of 12 politically resonant collages that challenge the cultural objectification of women of color. These were purchased with the help of the Heinz Fund and the Art Fund.

The exhibition will include seven unique prints by Ciara Phillips, an artist concerned with how printmaking can spark discussion of current social and political concerns, purchased through the Iain Paul Fund.

Another highlight will be Jenny Saville’s first work to enter a UK public collection; Nude (Study for ‘Branded’) (1992) presents a female figure in an uncompromising way, confronting notions of idealized beauty from a feminist perspective. It was acquired through the Henry and Sula Walton Fund, an independent charity established to help NGS purchase major works of modern art.

Two exciting films and sound installations offered by Outset Contemporary Art Fund: The Slave’s Lament (2015) by Graham Fagen, an evocative interpretation of the 200-year-old poem by Robert Burns; and SING-SIGN: a close duo (2015) by Hanna Tuulikki, which responds to the history and geography of the narrow fences that extend from Edinburgh’s most famous street, the Royal Mile.

New releases will also feature works by Natalia Goncharova, Glen Onwin, Frances Walker, John Bellany, Marie Harnett and Stephen Campbell.

The exhibition is the result of five years of acquisition work, all made possible thanks to the generosity of ENG supporters.


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