A Hayward Touring Show with support from the Art Fund, Art from Elsewhere brings together works that depict different realities of profound global change. This Hayward Touring exhibition, curated by David Elliott, runs at the Gallery of Modern Art before touring to five museums and galleries across the UK. This exhibition recognises the vital importance of continuing to enrich collections of contemporary art throughout the whole country.
The works in the exhibition are drawn from the collections of six museums across the UK which have been supported by the Art Fund to build outstanding collections of international art: Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery in partnership with The New Art Gallery Walsall; Bristol Museum & Art Gallery; GoMA, Glasgow; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; and the Towner gallery, Eastbourne.
The touring exhibition, which features 70 works by 39 artists from 22 countries, will adapt as it moves between each site, drawing on works from the five collections that have been built through Art Fund International. These include work from artists working in 96 cities in 37 countries worldwide, most in mid-career and aged between 30 and 50.
Highlights in the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art exhibition include works by international artists such as Carl Andre, Yael Bartana, Shilpa Gupta, Romuald Hazoumè, Jitish Kallat and Kara Walker. The touring show meanwhile includes influential practitioners such as Ai Weiwei, Shirin Aliabadi, Carl Andre, Stephen Antonakos, Yto Barrada and Yael Bartana.
Art from Elsewhere is a chance to see, in one exhibition, some of the most socially engaged artists living and working around the world today. The selected works are emblematic of their time and give a glimpse into the individual experiences of life in conflict zones, under oppressive governments and those finding their way through a ‘globalised’ landscape or full-on capitalist economy. Amongst the painting, sculpture, installation, video and photography, a resurgence in traditional technique can be seen, in a way that embraces the past, present and future all at once.
Art from Elsewhere, until 1 February, Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AH. For more information visit www.glasgowlife.org.uk.
Touring venues and dates:
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery: 14 February to 31 May 2015
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art: 19 June through 27 September 2015
Harris Museum, Preston: 9 October to 30 November 2015
Towner, Eastbourne: 23 January through 3 April 2016
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and Arnolfini: 22 April to 17 July 2016
1. Meschac Gaba, Brasilian Bank, 2006 © The artist